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Obama's White House creates profiles on Facebook, Twitter, MySpace

May 1, 2009 |  4:22 pm

White house The White House is looking for a warm welcome to the social Web with today's launch of three key profiles on popular social networks Facebook, Twitter and MySpace.

The profiles have quickly accumulated a large following:

On Facebook, it has more than 48,000 fans.

On Twitter, more than 12,000 followers.

And on MySpace, more than 7,000 "friends" -- the majority of whom apparently were not informed that the rest of the U.S. has moved on to one of the former two websites.

Our friends at the Swamp blog had some particularly snarky responses to the White House's decision to participate in the "2005's coolest Web-site," as they called it.

At least its MySpace page doesn't suffer from the visually torturing (animated backgrounds) and ear-bleeding (techno music that loads when the page does) nuances of the website. But judging by ...

... a few of its "friends" who have written comments on the page, including MustangPrincess, Sassy and the Vegan Anarchist, the sewers of MySpace are alive and well.

The official White House blog doesn't want you to forget the other social networks it has been hanging out on, though. In a post called "White House 2.0," it notes that they're still kicking it on YouTube, Vimeo and Flickr, the photo page it launched earlier this week.

The Ticket has wondered aloud why Obama's online social networking has slowed in recent months.

And it looks like the White House too is not cool with Obama's lack of updates on his own Twitter account -- the one that was a cornerstone of his tech-savvy campaign last year.

Oh, and btw, of the 65 accounts the White House is following on Twitter, at this writing Obama's is not one of them.

-- Mark Milian

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Photo: The White House.  Credit: Al Schaben / Los Angeles Times




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