The White House announced that the president has joined Medium, the blogging platform Twitter co-founder Evan Williams launched roughly a year ago.
Lindsay Holst and Kori Schulman wrote in a post on The White House blog on Thursday:
We're really excited to announce that the White House joined Medium, a new, self-publishing platform that encourages people to share ideas and stories that matter. And today, ahead of his visit to a tech hub in Los Angeles, the President published his very first post. The post talks about the new American economy and the innovations that are driving it forward -- and, specifically, what that economy looks like for Millennials...
You can read Obama's first post here.
"On Medium, you can expect to hear more from President Obama and his administration on issues from technology and innovation to education and the economy," wrote Holst and Schulman. "Here at the White House, we're continually looking for new and innovative ways to connect with people where they are. That’s where Medium comes in – and why you can find us on Twitter, Tumblr, Facebook, and more."
Obama is surely the highest profile user Williams' service has, and could be just the thing it needs to really generate more interest from the public. It's a fine platform, and there is plenty of good content on it, but let's be honest. It's not exactly another Twitter at this point.
It will really be interesting if the president starts using Jelly, Twitter co-founder Biz Stone's Q&A service.
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