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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