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奥巴马开通个人Twitter账号

2015-05-19    来源:网络    【      美国外教 在线口语培训

Bill Clinton tweets for a friend as Obama finally gets his own presidential account
奥巴马开通个人Twitter账号


当地时间18日,美国总统奥巴马正式开通实名认证的官方推特账号,白宫称奥巴马将通过该账号直接与民众互动。账号目前关注了65个其他账号,包括前总统老布什和克林顿,但暂未关注2016年总统大选参选人希拉里。

开通推特账号后,奥巴马18日上午在美国总统官方推特账号发布第一条消息,写道“你好,推特!我是巴拉克。是真的!6年过去了,他们终于给了我一个属于自己的账号”。

截至当天下午2点,这条消息被转发逾11万次、收藏逾13万次,账号粉丝数量达62.3万。奥巴马推特账号的认证信息是,“父亲、丈夫、第44任美国总统”。

随后,白宫方面也发表博文,对奥巴马开通个人Twitter账号给出了以下解释:

“@POTUS账号将会成为奥巴马总统直接与美国民众交流的新方式,该账号的全部推文都将是由其亲自处理。奥巴马总统致力于让其政权成为历史上最开放的一个,@POTUS将为美国民众提供一个新的途径以反馈与自身息息相关的问题。”

On Monday, when the former president learned that his successor-but-one, President Obama, had finally been allowed to set up an official Twitter account under the handle @POTUS, he couldn’t have related to the news personally. He could, however, show interest in the development on behalf of a “friend”.

“#askingforafriend”, Clinton said mischievously, as he welcomed @POTUS to the twittersphere. “One question: Does that username stay with the office?”

With his cheeky comment, Clinton also raised a subsidiary question of Twitter decorum which he did not address in his tweet. In the event of his “friend” winning the 2016 presidential election, and indeed going on to inherit the @POTUS Twitter account from Obama, what would happen to Bill himself?



“Hello, Twitter!” Obama said in his first tweet. “It’s Barack. Really! Six years in, they’re finally giving me my own account.”

It’s not that Obama has been silent on social media. In 2008 he demonstrated the power of Twitter as an early adopter on the presidential campaign trail, and his personal feed @BarackObama, where he occasionally tweets personally with the sign-off “bo” – is now approaching 60 million followers.

But the launch of the @POTUS feed at 11.39am ET on Monday was still enough of an occasion to attract followers at a rate of about 5,000 a minute. The White House said the account would serve as a “new way for President Obama to engage directly with the American people, with tweets coming exclusively from him”.

As the banner photo for the account, Obama chose an image from the 50th anniversary commemoration of the bloody Selma march for civil rights. He stands in the picture holding hands with Representative John Lewis, who was beaten by Alabama state troopers in 1965, on one side and Amelia Boynton Robinson, another organiser of the original march who is still going strong aged 103, on the other.

It is unlikely that Obama will use his new social media platform as robustly as does Iran’s Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. The supreme leader is fond of trolling his enemies, not least the US – most recently accusing it of being the “supporter& plotter of terrorism”.

But by deploying the @POTUS account, which the White House reserved several years ago, Obama has gained an official voice as head of state running concurrently alongside his more personal @BarackObama account. A similar two-track approach has been taken by Michelle Obama, who appears on the @FLOTUS account as well as her own personal feed.

If the White House is telling the truth, and Obama really does write his own entries on the new account, that would put him in a very elite club indeed. As a recent study by Burson Marsteller discovered, though 86% of the 193 member states of the United Nations are represented on Twitter, very few world leaders actually tweet themselves.

According to the report, notable exceptions include Estonian president Toomas Hendrik Ilves (@IlvesToomas); @DonaldTusk, the president of the European Council; Latvian foreign minister @EdgarsRinkevics; and Norway’s prime minister, @Erna_Solberg.(Source:theguardian)


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