Simon Cowell is now part of Twitter nation.
The X Factor judge and creator joined the social-networking site Wednesday, under the handle @simoncowell. He sent out his first and so far only tweet Wednesday afternoon, which included a shoutout to his Fox singing competition airing that night.
“It’s official,” he said. “I know it’s taken a while. It’s really me! We’re live in 10 minutes. I’ll keep you posted. Lots of love #iamsimon.”
However, it appears that Cowell has been planning his Twitter debut for some time, since his account was already verified.
At press time, Cowell already had 21,090 followers — and that number was quickly growing.
So far, Cowell is following only eight others on Twitter. In addition to Reid, Scherzinger, Abdul and Jones, Cowell follows the X Factor account as well as his mentees on the show: Rachel Crow, Melanie Amaro and Drew Ryniewicz.
X Factor’s live performance episodes air at 8 p.m. Wednesdays, with the results show at 8 p.m. Thursdays.