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Presidential Transition as Obama arrives: @TheWhiteHouse Twittering

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Its a day marked by transition, another interesting one to note: @thewhitehouse, the Twitter account previously maintained by the Bush Administration, has changed hands to the Obama team.

The Bush team updated Twitter more than 1,500 times, mostly with links to content like the President’s weekly radio address and more recently, text of executive orders issued in the final days of Bush’s tenure. Today, along with the rollout of a new Whitehouse.gov, the account is now featuring updates (and a new avatar) from Obama’s new media team, with links to the text of the inaugural address and the new White House blog.

It’s unclear how interactive the Twitter account will be, but it will certainly help appease those who have criticized the Obama team for failing to update the @BarackObama account since Election Day (though a few updates have recently been posted). @TheWhiteHouse is following only 7 other users – links for other departments of the US government as well as @wxchicago – the weather forecast in Obama’s hometown.

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