San Diego County Supervisor Dianne Jacob joined Twitter Nation recently, saying the social media site that limits communication to 140 characters per message or tweet gives her another tool to stay in touch.

The representative for East County and the backcountry area of the county said the outlet will supplement a printed newsletter and website to let her constituents know about “the pressing issues facing our region and the rest of San Diego County.”

But it can also be used to let the world know about personal issues, as Jacob did last week when she announced on both Twitter and Facebook that she had a hip replacement done.

“A big THANK YOU to Dr. Peter Hanson and the incredible staff at the hospital,” Jacob tweeted.

Jacob said as of Nov. 13 so had 48 followers. She’ll have some ground to cover to catch up with the social media king on the supervisors board: Ron Roberts, who claims more than 1,300 followers.

— SDBJ Staff Report