18
Jun
11

obama online

Starting today, you’ll notice something new about President Obama’s Facebook page and his Twitter account, @BarackObama.

Obama for America staff will now be managing both accounts, posting daily updates from the campaign trail, from Washington, and everywhere in between. You’ll be hearing from President Obama regularly, too; on Twitter, tweets from the President will be signed “-BO.”

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8 Responses to “obama online”


  1. 1 Fred
    June 18, 2011 at 11:40 am

    sweet 😀

  2. 2 StR
    June 18, 2011 at 11:49 am

    I’m not sure I like this. Was “Barack Obama” originally his campaign account? That might be okay then. However I’d just as soon have had a new account created called “Obama 2012 Campaign” or something. But the near 8M followers to the “Barack Obama” account might be too much to pass up.

    However the story could be “Obama is losing twitter followers” if folks who don’t want campaign news unfollow, whereas starting a new account and having it add millions almost overnight would have been a positive story.

    • 3 collegekay
      June 18, 2011 at 11:53 am

      Yes when the @BarackObama acct was created it was back in April 2007. It was for the campaign. When he won, it transitioned to Organizing for America. Now it’s back to a campaign acct. I think that’s what’s happening.

    • 4 meta
      June 18, 2011 at 11:55 am

      I’m trying to understand this move. He has a lot of followers. The tweets were written by WH staff and were always very informative and useful in every way with links to good reads. I hope that stays the same but I fear they will become nothing but endless chatter about local minutiae like the state OFA twitter accounts. I’m sure it will be interesting to have him tweet every now and then, which will likely hold people’s interest.

      • 5 collegekay
        June 18, 2011 at 12:05 pm

        The @BarackObama was never White House staff. It was OFA. The White House staff tweets from @WhiteHouse

        • 6 meta
          June 18, 2011 at 12:18 pm

          I don’t know, I think it’s confusing! Here’s what I’ve read:

          U.S. President Barack Obama will start regularly tweeting from his official Twitter account.
          In an update today, it was announced that the President’s reelection staff would be managing his social media presence and accounts on Facebook and Twitter.
          A rep also revealed that the Commander In Chief would be penning tweets of his own and that “on Twitter, tweets from the President will be signed ‘-BO.’”
          The @BarackObama account has been active since 2007, when Obama was using social media in his campaign for the presidency.
          However, as the account began accumulating updates in 2009, we discovered that the President’s staff, not the President himself, was actually posting the tweets.

          http://mashable.com/2011/06/18/obama-tweets/

          OFA itself posted:

          “Starting today, you’ll notice something new about President Obama’s Facebook page and his Twitter account, @BarackObama.
          Obama for America staff will now be managing both accounts, posting daily updates from the campaign trail, from Washington, and everywhere in between.”

          So they are making it sound like it’s a change. After the election, wasn’t OFA run out of the DNC? I don’t think the DNC would be tweeting for the President.

  3. 8 Dorothy Rissman
    June 18, 2011 at 12:40 pm

    Well, Help bring someone new into the campaign today. That is what I will be doing today. I am going to be registering new voters in Seattle. It is pouring down rain, so I am not sure how that will work out.


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