Hail to the Tweet!
The president has tweeted.
In a first, President Barack Obama sent a tweet while visiting the American Red Cross headquarters on Monday to survey its response to the Haiti earthquake.
“I just tweeted,” he announced to Red Cross staff members and reporters after posting to the popular social networking and micro-blog site Twitter.
Three Red Cross staffers said they had typed a message for the Red Cross Twitter feed and the president agreed to hit the “update” button when he stopped at their desk.
Last year, the buzz was about Obama’s deep devotion to another slice of personal communications technology — the Blackberry.
Perhaps this new medium will click with the president given that it, along with its 140 character limit and hyper-use of “@” and “#” signs, made the 2008 election especially entertaining.
Those who want more Commander in Tweet action can check out the feed Obama’s campaign used during the election, which is still active. Twitter.com/BarackObama now updates you with details of White House life.
The Red Cross showed Obama how it is using Twitter to track the aftermath of Haiti’s deadly earthquake and to raise funds to help the country. So far, Obama said, the group has brought in $21 million through Twitter alone.
And what did that most famous, most dramatic, most OMG watershed of tweets say?
“President Obama and the First Lady are here visiting our disaster operation center.”
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Photo credit: Reuters/Jonathan Ernst (Obama visits Red Cross and sends first tweet)