White House joins Instagram, posts Africa departure

Jun 26, 2013
US President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama board Air Force One at Andrews Air Force Base, Maryland on June 26, 2013, as they prepare to depart on a trip to Senegal , South Africa and Tanzania. The White House added Instagram to its social media portfolio on Wednesday, as it posted a picture of a helicopter with President Barack Obama and his family taking off on a trip to Africa.

The White House added Instagram to its social media portfolio on Wednesday, as it posted a picture of a helicopter with President Barack Obama and his family taking off on a trip to Africa.

"The First Family takes off for a three-country trip across Africa #MarineOne #ObamaInAfrica Follow @WhiteHouse for more!," said the caption for the picture of the presidential helicopter leaving the White House.

Within hours, the account had more than 2,000 on the photo-sharing service, which is owned by Facebook.

The first post generated a number of user comments. One person wrote, "It's about time posting your first pic," and another said "have nice trip and don't go to Egypt."

But another user said, "SO HAPPY WE PAY TAX FOR OBAMA VACATION??"

Obama headed to Africa on a long-awaited first major tour Wednesday, with plans to visit Senegal, South Africa and Tanzania over the next week. He may also visit ailing 94-year-old Nelson Mandela in South Africa.

The White House already uses Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Tumblr, and Obama himself uses a variety of social media.

During his two presidential campaigns, Obama relied heavily on the Internet for organizing, fundraising and communicating.

Last week, video-sharing was added to the Instagram photo-based social network, in a move challenging Twitter's popular Vine service.

Facebook completed its acquisition of Instagram in September. The original price was pegged at $1 billion but the final value was less because of the decline in Facebook's .

Explore further: Google offers unlimited free storage of photos, videos

Related Stories

Mysterious Facebook event sparks online buzz

Jun 17, 2013

A mysterious Facebook event set for Thursday has sparked buzz that the leading social network could be adding video to Instagram smartphone picture-sharing service.

Instagram to share data with Facebook

Dec 17, 2012

Smartphone photo sharing service Instagram on Monday refined its privacy policy to clear the way for sharing data with Facebook, which bought the company earlier this year.

Photo feud escalates between Instagram, Twitter

Dec 10, 2012

A social media feud between Twitter and Instagram has escalated as the Facebook-owned photo-sharing service made it impossible for Internet users to integrate images from tweets. ...

Obama joins Google+

Nov 23, 2011

Google+, the Internet search giant's rival to Facebook, has a high-profile new member: US President Barack Obama.

Twitter adds Instagram-style photo features

Dec 11, 2012

Twitter on Monday added Instagram-style smartphone photo sharing features after the Facebook-owned service made it impossible for Internet users to integrate its images into tweets.

Recommended for you

Silk Road website mastermind faces lengthy jail term

2 hours ago

The American convicted of masterminding criminal website Silk Road, which sold $200 million worth of drugs to customers all over the world using digital currency Bitcoin, will be jailed Friday.

Slow start, gradual improvement for US Internet gambling

May 28, 2015

Internet gambling is off to a slow start in the United States, with banks hesitant to handle credit card payments for online bets and some politicians and casino moguls pushing to ban it, but there remains potential for great ...

User comments : 1

Adjust slider to filter visible comments by rank

Display comments: newest first

anti-geoengineering
2 / 5 (4) Jun 26, 2013
Let's hope Barry Soetoro(Obama) stays in his homeland of Kenya. Worthless FRAUD.

Please sign in to add a comment. Registration is free, and takes less than a minute. Read more

Click here to reset your password.
Sign in to get notified via email when new comments are made.