AEST 10:45, Thu Mar 14 2013
When a new pope is elected to lead the Catholic Church, the decision is signified by a stream of white smoke billowing from the roof of the Sistine Chapel.
But a modern pontiff must make an entrance on social media as well.
The election of Pope Francis I was historic in many ways as well as taking over from a retired pope and being the first Latin American in the role, the papal leader is the first to inherit a Twitter account.
His arrival was announced with the tweet "HABEMUS PAPAM FRANCISCUM" meaning "We have Pope Francis".
Click through for his and other famous first tweets.
Pope Francis' election was announced with a tweet as well as white smoke.