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Longtime holdout Conan O'Brien finally joins Twitter

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(Read caption) Conan O'Brien, pictured here in 2009, joined Twitter a day ago. He already has 300,000 followers.

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In June of last year, Conan O'Brien created a "Twitter Tracker" segment to poke fun at the popular micro-blogging platform. But those were the gravy days: Conan had just assumed control of "The Tonight Show" from former host Jay Leno, and everything seemed possible. Now, after a messy game of tug-of-war – much of it played out in public – O'Brien is gone, Leno is back, and Conan has taken up Twitter.

"Today I interviewed a squirrel in my backyard and then threw to commercial," Conan wrote in his inaugural tweet. "Somebody help me." Conan's feed – which is currently followed by more than 300,000 Twitter users, includes a simple bio blurb: "I had a show. Then I had a different show. Now I have a Twitter account."

Of course, Conan isn't the first late night host to blast Twitter and then take up tweeting.

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