Srinagar: Former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah has now taken to Facebook in order to reach out to a larger number of people through the popular social networking site.

Omar Abdullah

"I've been singularly focused on Twitter as the medium to get my message across. But have since come to realise that I've ignored a large cross section of people who don't use Twitter at all," Omar wrote on his Facebook page, which he started using a few days ago. He also hinted that he would be posting longer messages on Facebook as Twitter, his preferred medium over the past five years, allows only 140 characters for each message.

"It is also a bit difficult to reduce a complex thought or reaction to a series of messages each limited to 140 characters," he said.

The National Conference working president said his new page has been authenticated by Facebook in view of many fake accounts.

"Some of you may have noticed a little tick mark next to my name. It's to prove that this is an authentic account verified by Facebook," Omar said.

"I know some of you had misgivings about the authenticity of this page which I'm glad will now have been put to rest," he added.

"I'm very grateful to Facebook people, who were incredibly quick to authenticate my page with the little tick.

Thank you to all of you, who were quick to sign up and follow my page as well," he added.

Omar said he would be writing more on Facebook from now on.

"I'll be writing more here and my colleagues will keep you updated with my schedules, photographs, videos and activities. I'm looking forward to this new beginning," he said.