Tuesday, November 17, 2009

President Obama Has Never Used Twitter?!?

I held of on posting this yesterday mostly because I was waiting for the news that it was all some weird joke. Obama had never used Twitter? Obama ran one of, if not thee, most technologically sophisticated campaigns in American political history. He does not seem like a technological slouch either fighting to keep his Blackberry and winning. Even if Obama never used Twitter, that does not mean he is technologically inept, indeed as I have mentioned I think he is the opposite. It is still surprising though given his popularity on the service. If it is true, that just means his campaign staff should get even more credit then they already do.


"President Barack Obama has one of the most popular Twitter accounts with over 2.6 million followers. It should be no real surprise that most of the time it’s not him tweeting from it, instead its various people within the White House communication team that use the account to send out information. And now that he is the President, certainly there are some security concerns with him using something like Twitter. But, did you know that he’s actually never used Twitter at all?

That revelation was made tonight during a Q&A session at a town hall event with Chinese youth that was held in Shanghai this evening (which was streamed live on the web). The President fielded a question about the restricted use of Twitter in China and he had this to say, “I have never used Twitter but I’m an advocate of technology and not restricting internet access.”

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