Say goodbye to those White House tweets signed – “BO.”
From now on, whenever President Obama personally tweets, it will be from his newly launched @POTUS account. Only the President, himself, will tweet from this account, the White House advises, making all the tweets from @POTUS directly attributed to the President.
Hello, Twitter! It's Barack. Really! Six years in, they're finally giving me my own account.— President Obama (@POTUS) May 18, 2015
Obama is “committed to making his Administration the most open and participatory in history,” giving Americans a new way to engage on the issues that are most important to them, the White House said in a statement.
Not surprisingly, only being active on Twitter for a very short time, Obama’s account has already been verified by Twitter.
Despite his rapid popularity on Twitter -- gaining more than 200,000 followers in an hour -- the President has some way to go before catching up with heartthrobs Justin Bieber or Katy Perry – the two most followed people on Twitter.
ABC’s Michelle Manzione and Ben Siegel contributed to this report.