Friday, May 01, 2009

White House steps up Web presence

The White House took a major leap into the Web 2.0 world on today, launching pages on social networks MySpace and Facebook and sending its first "tweets" on Twitter.

Content from President Obama's website is being fed in real time to White House profile pages on MySpace and Facebook and members of the communities can sign up as Facebook "fans" or MySpace "friends."

The White House had more than 31,000 fans on Facebook and more than 4,000 friends on MySpace within a few hours of the pages going online while more than 8,500 people had signed up as "followers" of the White House on Twitter.

"Technology has profoundly impacted how -- and where -- we all consume information and communicate with one another," the White House said in a blog post on titled "WhiteHouse 2.0."

The White House invited feedback from users and both the MySpace and Facebook pages were deluged with comments.

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