Conan O'Brien joins Twitter, almost instantly passes Jay Leno

conan-obrien-twitter.jpgConan O'Brien, who made fun of Twitter a whole bunch during his "Tonight Show" stint, has joined Twitter.

The sum total of his output (Twitter has verified it's actually O'Brien) as of 6 p.m. PT Wednesday is a single tweet: "Today I interviewed a squirrel in my backyard and then threw to commercial. Somebody help me." But that single update -- funny, and also a little bit heartbreaking -- has been enough to collect more than 100,000 followers -- more than three times as many as the official NBC/Jay Leno page ( @jayleno).

Now, a big Twitter following has very little to do with TV ratings. We just found the numbers interesting, and perhaps an indication that members of Team Coco are still thinking about their guy. Plus, the profile picture (seen above) is a good one, with O'Brien sporting his hiatus beard and a chimpanzee hanging onto his neck.

As part of his exit deal from NBC, O'Brien has to stay off the air until September. There have been rumblings about him doing a live stage show, but no concrete plans for it have emerged.

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