01/09/2013 02:43 pm ET

North Korea Follows Only One American On Twitter--This Guy

North Korea is not known for its social-media savvy. When the Democratic People's Republic launched its official government Twitter account under the handle of @uriminzok (meaning "our nation") in August 2010, it started making friends in a sluggish and erratic fashion. When they weren't antagonizing South Korea or sending out links to propaganda, Pyongyang's social-media wizards followed barely a dozen tweeps, seemingly at random: a few Americans here, a Vietnamese account there, and a Venezuelan radical just for the hell of it.

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