White House press team is all a-Twitter

President's top spokesmen embrace tweeting to get Obama's message across

Forget press releases. The Obama administration is getting its message out in cyberspace at a rate of 140 characters at a time. Blending behind-the-scenes nuggets with a defense of the president's record, the White House increasingly is  communicating through Twitter, according a recent AP news story.

The popular social network is operating as a Web-based clearinghouse for public statements on weighty subjects (the federal budget) and the mundane (personal grocery lists), according to AP. It's similar to a bulletin board where anyone can post short notes and users cull the pieces they see by choosing to "follow" individuals' account.

White House press secretary Robert Gibbs (Twitter handle: PressSec) and his deputy, Bill Burton, are sharing news in Twitter messages. So far, 35,000 people have signed up to follow Gibbs and more than 6,000 are tracking Burton.

To read the complete AP report, click here.

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