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"Hello, world" - GCHQ has officially joined Twitter

@GCHQ is our new official Twitter handle. Our first tweet "Hello, world" will be familiar to many in the technical world as it is often the first program you learn to write when starting to code.

News article - 16 May 2016

GCHQ is the first UK Intelligence Agency to provide news, updates, and opinions on Twitter.

Our first Tweet: "Hello, world" is one of the first programs you learn to write in coding languages such as C, Python, Java, PHP, and Ruby. For those just starting to program, getting "Hello, world" to appear on a screen is a gentle introduction to coding, and as a technical organisation with computing at its core, it resonated with many of our staff who have learnt to program during their career.

Andrew Pike, Director of Communications at GCHQ, said: "In joining social media GCHQ can use its own voice to talk directly about the important work we do in keeping Britain safe".

We want GCHQ to be more accessible and to help the public understand more about our work. We also want to reach out to the technical community and add our voice to social media conversations about technology, maths, cyber security, and other topics where we have a view.

We will be using Twitter to talk about our history, mission outcomes, languages, maths, cyber security, technology and innovation, job opportunities and as a way of signposting events, publications, news, blogs, and opinion pieces.

We know following our Director Robert Hannigan's Christmas card puzzle that there is a huge appetite for more brain teasers, so we will also be posting some puzzles, quizzes, questions and codes to work your grey matter.

Follow us @GCHQ.