May 1st, 2009
04:41 PM ET

The White House joins Facebook, MySpace, Twitter (and makes friends with the rest of government)

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Nancy Scola

Today the White House took a big step towards recreating the ubiquitous Internet presence that the Obama campaign created with the simultaneous launch of profiles on three major social networks: Facebook (Facebook.com/WhiteHouse), MySpace (MySpace.com/WhiteHouse), and Twitter (Twitter.com/WhiteHouse).

In creating the new social media pages, the White House endorsed the Internet maxim that no matter your prestige, power, or stature, it often makes more sense to go to where people already are than to wait for them to come to you. "Technology has profoundly impacted how - and where - we all consume information and communicate with one another," reads a post on the White House blog titled "WhiteHouse 2.0" in which the White House announced the new sites. "WhiteHouse.gov is an important part of the Administration's efforts to use the Internet to reach the public quickly and effectively - but it isn't the only place."


Filed under: Internet • Technology
soundoff (6 Responses)
  1. Lou Anne

    It is wonderful that they have given us the chance to voice our concerns and thoughts. I do hope that they will read and respond to our post. It won't mean anything if there is not a source to share our concerns and postiive remarks to the level where it will do the most good.

    May 1, 2009 at 5:43 pm |
  2. Supergirllondon@twitter

    Obama once again shows how totally in touch he is with common folk and not only talks the talk, but actually walks the walk with his power to the people manifesto

    May 1, 2009 at 5:29 pm |
  3. Michelle

    Awesome. Finally, America is coming into the
    21st century. You must use media not just a
    medium. People can access information from
    mobile devices and lapbooks under 400 bucks.
    There is no longer 1 source for information.
    People get the information on their own terms.
    By linking everything together that makes it
    simpler and faster ways to get info.i love the
    fact that the Obama administration is 2.0. It is
    like delicious organizing your favs only for
    the government.

    May 1, 2009 at 5:19 pm |
  4. Jim Weaver

    No matter your politics it is refreshing to see a White House who is in touch with regular life.

    May 1, 2009 at 5:16 pm |
  5. David - New Port Richey, FL

    I wish President Obama would join Twitter. He already uses a blackberry so why not use Twitter?

    May 1, 2009 at 5:15 pm |
  6. Michael Surita

    We can only hope they listen to all of us not just the chosen few. Welcome White house hear our problems.

    Mike ( East Harlem )

    May 1, 2009 at 5:07 pm |