Twitter Welcomes White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs

The White House announced today that the press secretary, Robert Gibbs, has joined Twitter!  You can follow Robert Gibbs, and confirm his Twitter profile, at @PressSec.

Robert Gibbs’ sent off his very first Twitter update (tweet) about 7 hours ago with this:  “Learning about ‘the twitter’ – easing into this with first tweet – any tips?”

The press secretary has become very popular in the past 7 hours.  He has acquired over 9,000 followers, and this number is growing very quickly.

Gibbs told The Associated Press about opening his Twitter profile:  “I opened it today. I was watching a twitter feed while the President visited the briefing room last week and it thought it was fascinating to watch and see what people were thinking, doing and writing.” He was referring to Obama visiting the press room Tuesday after a bipartisan meeting with members of Congress.

Gibbs wrote: “Seemed like adding our voice to that is a good thing.”

The Huffington Post added this additional piece of information, and a warning:

“But fellow Tweeters be forewarned. Because Gibbs’ account was set up through the White House, his Twitter page notes that comments and messages received through such pages are subject to the Presidential Records Act and may be archived.”