President Obama Launches Facebook Page

Obama's Facebook Page Launches
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President Barack Obama launched his official Facebook page Monday, noting that the page will be a place for “real conversations about the most important issues facing our country.”

The president’s first post highlights climate change, calling on Facebook users to pass the message on and share their opinions. “We’ve got to preserve this beautiful planet of ours for our kids and grandkids,” reads the post.

The video included follows Obama as he walks through the White House grounds, which is also a national park. The President acknowledges climate change progress and explains that he will meet with world leaders next month in Paris to discuss a global agreement.

Obama’s public figure page will allow users to follow his posts, with some promised “just-for-fun stuff too.”

When Obama joined Twitter in May 2015 under the handle POTUS, he broke Robert Downey Jr.’s record for fastest time to reach one million followers on Twitter, according to the Guinness Book of World Records. @POTUS reached one million followers in just under five hours, while it took the “Iron Man” star 23 hours and 22 minutes to achieve that following.

It’s no surprise Obama’s social media presence is headlined by a team of tech gurus — roughly 20 aides manage the President’s Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube accounts, according to the New York Times. Although, director of online engagement for the office of digital strategy Alex White wrote that Obama’s tweets come exclusively from him in a White House blog post.

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