Barack Obama checks in to Foursquare
Barack Obama, the US President, has joined Foursquare, the social network that allows users to ‘check-in’ to specific locations and share their tips on where they’ve been.
President Obama, whose administration is already active on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn, has joined Foursquare to tie in with his new bus tour, which many commentators have described as crucial for the success of his bid for re-election. The President’s use of Facebook and Twitter was key to his fundraising during President Obama’s first election bid.
Announcing the new the move on a White House blog post called “Take a Tip from the White House on Foursquare”, the Administration says, “We’re excited to launch this week as President Obama kicks off his economic bus tour across the Midwest. You can follow the President on the road through Cannon Falls, Minnesota; Decorah and Peosta, Iowa; and Atkinson and Alpha, Illinois. Through the new White House page on Foursquare, you can keep up with the President's tour and check-in to let your friends know you're there.”
The White House said that users will be able to “Follow White House ‘Tips’: See the places the President and administration officials visit around the country and the world, follow news and events by location, learn about the White House and more.”
People will also be able to check-in to White House events, such as President Obama’s Town Hall Meetings.
The White House also said it welcomed suggestions on what else it can do with its online programme.