So what does it mean to have the White House Press Secretary on Twitter? We don't know. But we'll soon find out.
Robert Gibbs announced this afternoon that he's activated a Twitter account. PressSec is his Twitter name which probably means it was grabbed up awhile ago and perhaps he thought the three-day weekend would be a good time to ease into it.
Last summer he told C-SPAN that Twitter was blocked on White House computers so he was unable to join the Twitterverse (see video below).
He's only thrown out one lonely tweet where he meekly asks for some guidance. PressSec: "Learning about "the twitter" - easing into this with first tweet - any tips?" Gibbs asked.
The question packs a powerful punch. He's already nearing 7,000 followers at the time of this posting and he's received plenty of tips and many other "pointers."
Because plenty of people went straight for the jugular. Like:
fleckman: Shouldn't Gibbs new twitter acct be @PressSUK instead of @PressSec
rosecityken: @PressSec say more here than you do in press conferences, you will cut out like 250 "uhhhh's" in like 5 mins time.
1stCavTommy: @PressSec Yes, explain to me again how Iraq will be one of Obama's great successes. Then resign. (MORE)
To send the Press Secretary your tips: http://twitter.com/PressSec
But fellow Tweeters be forewarned. Because Gibbs' account was set up through the , his Twitter page notes that comments and messages received through such pages are subject to the and may be archived. (Yahoo News)