President Obama joins Instagram

The president adds another social network to his portfolio with an Instagram account run by the Obama 2012 staff.

Obama Instagram account
Screenshot by Jason Parker/CNET

Keeping up with his reputation as the first "Internet President," Barack Obama got in on the popular photo-sharing app Instagram this week.

The account is run by Obama 2012 staff members, who encourage users to share photos from the campaign trail using the hashtag #Obama2012.

So far, the account has posted three photos and gained more than 24,000 followers.

Obama gained a reputation as the first Internet President in 2008 because of his large following on Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube. Keeping with the trend in 2011, the president held a Twitter town hall and joined Google+.

If you want to follow the president on Instagram, search for his user name, barackobama.

Instagram's popularity exploded in 2011, and Apple last month named it App of the Year .

Available on the iPhone, the app lets you upload photos from your camera or photo library and apply retro filters or a tilt-shift effect and share them with the public. It's sort of like a Twitter for people who like to take pictures.

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