The @POTUS, or President of the United States, Twitter account has finally gone live today. Previously the sitting president, Barack Obama, used to interact through @WhiteHouse or his personal @BarackObama account. Now finally there’s a separate account for @POTUS which will most certainly be taken over by the person who gets President Obama’s job in 2016.

The inaugural tweet was sent out by President Obama himself, it read: “Hello, Twitter! It’s Barack. Really! Six years in, they’re finally giving me my own account.” As of this writing the account already has close to 300,000 followers.

Despite the president’s addiction to his BlackBerry, this tweet appears to have been sent using an iPhone, if TweetDeck is to be believed.

The White House explains in a blog post that the @POTUS twitter account is going to serve as a new way for the president to “engage directly with the American people,” with tweets coming exclusively from the person occupying the Oval Office.

Once the current president bows out the account will most likely pass on to whoever wins next year’s election. All the people need to know is that tweets posted through the account will be coming directly from the incumbent president.

So now you have one more account to follow.

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