Press secretary joins Twitter
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".