Joe Biden’s Independence Day First Tweet: Wishes Happy 4th July

Here at OSM we regularly write about the growing use of social media in politics today and many politicians and their offices now take advantage of sites such as Twitter and Facebook to campaign and engage with the voters. One politician who some might say was rather late to the Twitter fray is Joe Biden, U.S. Vice President, but today on Independence Day, Biden’s office sent a first tweet wishing a happy 4th of July.

Just some of our recent posts regarding politics and social media include news of a Twitter presidential debate on July 20, details of who Facebook thought came out best from the GOP debate, the infamous Weinergate saga, and how politicians such as Newt Gingrich and Tim Pawlenty have used Twitter or Facebook to launch their presidential bids. It may have taken Joe Biden and his office some time to get around to Twitter but an account, @VP, was eventually established on June 28. It took until today though to release the first tweet.

Remembering US troops and their families the first tweet read, “VP & Dr. B [Dr. Jill Biden] hope you take time to think about our troops & military families this Independence Day, Happy 4th from OVP! @JoiningForces.” Biden’s office aims for the Twitter account to keep people up-to-date with developments about the Vice President, according to Stephanie Buck over on Mashable. The first Twitter Town Hall (link here) featuring President Obama takes place this coming Wednesday, July 6, at 2pm ET/ 11am PT, live from the White House with the President answering questions about the economy and jobs. The Twitter Account for the VP’s office was established in readiness for this, according to the White House Blog.

The blog also details that “@VP will be on the road with the Vice President across the country and around the world, providing updates on the latest news and announcements coming out of OVP, as well as a behind the scenes look at Veep-life.” It also adds that all areas of the Vice President’s office will be covered “from the West Wing, to the Eisenhower Executive Office Building and the Office of Dr. Jill Biden, to the Naval Observatory.

What are your thoughts on the Vice President’s Twitter account and the first tweet sent today? Are you surprised the VP’s office waited so long to set up a Twitter account? Why not let us know with your comments.