Welcome @MichelleObama to Twitter

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First lady @MichelleObama went live on Twitter on Thursday.
First lady @MichelleObama went live on Twitter on Thursday.
The White House

@MichelleObama went live on Twitter on today, and scooped up more than 148,000 followers by mid-afternoon. 

In her first tweet, the first lady writes: “Hi, everyone, and thanks for the warm welcome. Look forward to staying in touch with you here. -mo.”’

Her twitter feed will be managed by the president’s re-election campaign, with any tweets from the first lady herself to be signed ”-mo.”

Of course, Mrs. Obama and all our viewers are always welcome to join our conversation.  The Tween-tron 9k is waiting so we can get your tweets on the teevee every weeknight at 8pET on @msnbctv!

Our viewers have sent some amazing tweets (and Facebook comments) over the past few weeks – smart, insightful and sometimes downright hilarious.  We love sharing them on the show!  

Do you want to increase the likelihood that we’ll use your tweet on the air?  Here’s some suggested guidelines:  

1)  Use the hashtag #edshow and/or the username @edshow.  And use at the end the tweet – after all, we first want to see what you have to say!

2)  Keep it clean:  please no dirty words and no below-the-belt name calling.  Not only are those kind of tweets offensive, they usually aren’t very clever, right?

3)  Make it easy to read:  remember, viewers have only a few seconds to read your tweet.  So please minimize little-known abbreviations, skip irrelevant and/or extraneous hashtags and/or usernames and try to avoid typos.  

4)  Keep it self-contained and in context.  For example, if you want to tweet about Mitt Romney’s tax plan, try to write something more than just “I oppose it.”  Better to tweet something like “Romney’s tax plan would hurt the working poor” or “Mitt’s proposed tax plan just helps the little guy stay in the poorhouse.”      

Bottom line: ask yourself before sending, will my friends and relatives be able read and absorb this in 7 seconds?  

Here’s a good example from last night’s segment on Michelle Obama’s response to a new book:

Welcome @MichelleObama to Twitter

And if you prefer to comment via Facebook, that’s great!  Just “like” us, apply rules 2, 3 and 4 and keep your comment to tweet length: 140 characters or less.

Thanks!

Welcome @MichelleObama to Twitter

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