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Kobe Bryant is no longer hiding out in cyberspace. The “Black Mamba” joined the Twitterverse on Friday (1/4) with five words — “The antisocial has become social”. After the Los Angeles Lakers guard sent the first tweet from his verified account more than 250,000 people followed (at)kobebryant within four hours.

Bryant dipped his toe in the Twitter pool last week when he briefly took over Nike basketball’s account, when he sent out things like a photo of him hanging out with his daughter, an ice bath that he was dreading and even a suit he was wearing to a particular game.

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Bryant says those few days made him consider starting his own account, saying he enjoyed connecting with fans “with no filters.” For the record Kobe still has over 6.5 million followers to gain before he can match LeBron James’ total as the leading NBA account.

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