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@obama may be gone, but @change_gov is born

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20081116-obama-change-tweetI told you last week about the buzz stirred as a result of Obama’s feed — apparently his campaign feed — on the microblogging site Twitter. [I had part one of a primer on Twitter last week.]

Well, it appears that there is a new transition feed — using the Twitter lingo, it is @change_gov.

It is essentially an auto-Feed of news and blogs from the office of the President-elect Barack Obama’s Web site.

The @change_gov feed isn’t well known yet — there are only 28 people “following” @change_gov so far. By contrast, @BarackObama has 132,016 followers.

Written by cdorobek

November 17, 2008 at 6:51 AM

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  1. What I can’t tell is whether or not @change_gov is an “official” twitterstream from the transition team or just a kind soul aggregating newsfeeds.

    If it’s the latter, while nice, it still doesn’t speak to the previous buzz which in essence centers around the question “will Obama continue to use Twitter?”

    The transition team has already mentioned their plan to use YouTube for Saturday Presidential addresses; folks that followed the campaign on Twitter are hoping that channel becomes “official” as well, I guess.

    Steve Lunceford

    November 17, 2008 at 7:55 AM

  2. Its def not official. Just some kind soul (me). I actually created it because folks were complaining that obama and his peeps were not social media anymore post campaign.

    I thought this was short sighted for several reasons. First, the point of his campaign was grass roots. Just like the @change_gov twitter feed. Besides did obama ever officially support twitter, or was it assumed?

    Second point is that I suspect there are new rules at play for Obama. Has anyone looked into the rules for official communication (via twitter, email, etc.)??

    In the end it doesn’t matter. Obama is preparing a world class government, which is keeping him busy. All that i ask is continued transparency and openness. Which then allows someone like me to mash the info and get it out.

    Steven Mandzik

    November 19, 2008 at 11:32 PM

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