In his latest move to connect with the public, President Barack Obama joined Twitter today and seems to be easily adapting to the social network. Though he does have an account run by his Organizing for Action staff, this new handle is the official government account of the office of the President. If you have yet to join the social media network, take a few cues from Obama on how to embrace tweeting with ease.
1. Choose a handle that's distinctly "you."
To prevent any confusion, the President opted to go with @POTUS (short for President of the United States) as a handle. Very direct.
2. Find a handsome head shot and an inspiring cover photo.
Obama chose a classic image from a speech as his profile photo and a wide shot from the 50th anniversary of the march from Selma to Montgomery as his main header photo. Inspiring and approachable, smart move.
3. Write a bio that shows your family some love.
Listing his roles as father and husband first in his bio (before his political title), the Commander in Chief shows us who matters most him to him.
4. Follow your nearest and dearest.
Only following a mere 65 accounts, the President is obviously picky when it comes to who to keep up with. Making the cut? The Chicago Bears, Blackhawks, and White Sox along with the White House, the First Lady, and Vice President Biden.
5. Come in strong with your very first tweet."Hello, Twitter! It's Barack. Really! Six years in, they're finally giving me my own account." Short, sweet, to the point.
6. Introduce some clever sarcasm.
In his first Twitter conversation, Obama jokes with President Bill Clinton on the future of the handle, you know, just in case Clinton knows someone who might be interested in taking over the office next year.
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