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Press secretary joins Twitter

2010-02-16 09:09

Washington - White House press secretary Robert Gibbs has another podium - Twitter.

President Barack Obama's spokesperson joined the microblogging service on Saturday and has already attracted nearly 18 000 followers.

"Learning about 'the twitter' - easing into this with first tweet - any tips?" read his first message.

Gibbs followed it up the next day with: "wow - in a less than 30 hours almost 17 000 of you are following - amazing - watch out Kim Kardashian! Thanks to all for the smart tips!"

Gibbs has a long way to go, however, before he keeps up with reality TV star Kardashian, whose Twitter account, @kimkardashian, has nearly three million followers.

He also has a long way to go to catch his boss, whose @barackobama account has more than 3.2 million followers although the president has acknowledged he doesn't send his own "tweets".