Obama to personally tweet from Twitter account

Jun 19, 2011 By KEN THOMAS , Associated Press
President Barack Obama and House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, are on the first green as they play golf at Andrews Air Force Base, Md., Saturday, June 18, 2011. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

(AP) -- President Barack Obama is taking a more active role on Twitter, 140 characters at a time.

Obama's campaign said in a posting on its website Friday that Obama will tweet regularly from the popular social media service and his personal will be signed "-BO." The campaign said it will now manage both Obama's Twitter account and Facebook page.

Obama tweeted personally early Friday evening, welcoming to "a new (at)BarackObama. From now on, (hash)Obama2012 staff will manage this account; tweets from the will be signed "-BO."

The campaign said on its website that the changes "will give us new opportunities to make the most of these channels, using them not only to report what the president is doing every day but to connect to the millions of supporters who will be driving this campaign."

Obama has more than 8.69 million followers on Twitter, making him the third most-followed account among Twitter users, according to Twitter statistics website twittercounter.com. Obama trails only entertainers and Justin Bieber in followers.

Obama's avatar, or photo accompanying his Twitter account, also changed from his official White House photo to a photo of Obama smiling, his 2012 campaign logo resting along the base of the avatar.

Digital media experts said the changes will give the account more authenticity and could lead to the president interacting with followers, using the account to seek contributions or asking them to volunteer for his campaign.

"The best Twitter accounts are the ones that are managed by the people whose name is on the tweet," said Tim Tagaris, new media director for the Service Employees International Union, on the sidelines of the Netroots Nation convention in Minneapolis. "People sign up to hear from people on because they want to hear from that person, not their staff."

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jonnyboy
2.2 / 5 (10) Jun 19, 2011
Just what the nation needs........tweets from a twit.
travisr
5 / 5 (4) Jun 19, 2011
That sounds like the unity this nation needs Jonny. Ideas like this are part of the problem, not the solution. I applaud the president and others for opening their arms to public criticism, and information dispersal. Every cyber step closer to government gives us more information and control.
zevkirsh
1 / 5 (1) Jun 20, 2011
twitter is marketing idiocy and shows how dumbed down americans are from any substantial thought. if the medium is the message, the american embrace of twitter for supposedly non-commerical means ( pure advertsing of product) is proof that americans are just literally getting dumber , more docile and sheep like.

this is your government, cut sliced and prepped for your consumption. in the end, you will not have what to eat. and eventually the sheep , hungry and cold, will be led by more buffoons to rioting and to disobedience. as if any of that will solve the problem of stupidity.

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