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Mayor Bill de Blasio joins Twitter

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio in

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio in Far Rockaway on Thursday, Aug. 20, 2015. Credit: Charles Eckert

Mayor Bill de Blasio hosted his first Twitter conversation Monday, fielding questions on his administration's policies as well as some softballs on his personal interests.

He jumped on the social media platform shortly before 1 p.m., writing "Hey New Yorkers, Bill here" before firing off another tweet urging that those who wanted to grill him use #BDBchat.

He answered some lighter-hearted questions about his height (6 feet, 6 inches tall), his favorite boardwalk food (funnel cake) and his preferred writers and poets (John Steinbeck, Albert Camus, Dante Alighieri and poet wife, Chirlane McCray).

De Blasio appeared to ignore a great many other questions, including some from reporters and others about Times Square's topless painted ladies, the City Council's floating of police oversight bills and whether he still eats pizza with a fork and knife.

#BDBchat eventually started trending on Twitter, and the mayor stayed on for about a half an hour before signing off with "Alright folks, have to run."

The Democrat, unlike former mayors Michael Bloomberg and Rudy Giuliani, has not used town halls or his own call-in radio show as forums for communicating with everyday New Yorkers. Asked in May about President Barack Obama's use of Twitter, he admitted to reporters that he doesn't handle his own social media outreach.

But the mayor in recent months has done more radio interviews, taking questions on WNYC's "Brian Lehrer Show," which he'll be on again Tuesday. He said on Hot 97's "Ebro in the Morning" show last week that he has always believed in "being in communities and talking to people directly."

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