May 18 (Reuters) - President Barack Obama sent his first tweet from his very own account on Twitter on Monday, quickly amassing a million followers in five hours, the latest of many White House efforts to amplify his message with social media.
"Hello, Twitter! It's Barack. Really! Six years in, they're finally giving me my own account," Obama tweeted from his verified @POTUS account....
It's not the first time Obama has tweeted. He has occasionally signed tweets from the @WhiteHouse account (6.2 million followers) with his initials, "-bo" and also has used @BarackObama (59 million followers), an account run by Organizing for Action, Obama's former campaign team.
But the @POTUS account will be "a new way for President Obama to engage directly with the American people, with tweets coming exclusively from him," said Alex Wall, a social media strategist with the White House, in a blog post....
Of course, he followed @FLOTUS, the account used by first lady Michelle Obama.
Obama also followed former presidents George H. W. Bush and Bill Clinton, but is so far not following @HillaryClinton, his former Secretary of State who is considered the front runner for the Democratic presidential race for 2016.
Bill Clinton (3.4 million followers) tweeted to welcome Obama. "One question: Does that username stay with the office? #askingforafriend"
Obama replied: "The handle comes with the house. Know anyone interested in @FLOTUS?"