Barack Obama launched personal Facebook page sending message through video on climate change
Social media is not just a communicating platform for local people but also for world-known celebrities and public figures who consistently post their thoughts over certain arguments.
On Monday, White house launched a personal facebook account for Barack Obama to use in order to communicate his message over climate change through nontraditional channels, as reported by Reuters.
However, a facebook page under his name "Barack Obama" has long been used by the political organization, Organizing for Action which helped him get elected. But his distinguished page was created for him to speak up his mind as a regular guy, not as a politician. This is not Obama's fresh start on social media as in May, this year White House have had launched a Twitter account for him.
According to USnews, Barack Obama initiated his page by posting an inaugural video of him presenting a short tour of his 'backyard' of White House, mentioning that he often sees a fox on the grounds, a hawk named Lincoln and other "critters."
After a brief introduction and catching up an air of familiarity, he moved his speech to his focal point, Climate change. He appealed to Americans and asked for their support in trying to "preserve this beautiful planet of ours" for future generations, depicting his upcoming trip to Paris to meet with world leaders on climate change.
As reported by The Sydney Morning Herald, he updated his very first status on his personal facebook account which got 115,280 likes, 26,090 comments, and 24,797 shares in the first 12 hours.
He wrote, "Hello, Facebook! I finally got my very own page. I hope you'll think of this as a place where we can have real conversations about the most important issues facing our country - a place where you can hear directly from me, and share your own thoughts and stories. (You can expect some just-for-fun stuff, too.)"
"I'm kicking it off by inviting you to take a walk with me in my backyard - something I try to do at the end of the day before I head in for dinner. I say this often, but that's because it's always at the front of my mind: We've got to preserve this beautiful planet of ours for our kids and grandkids. And that means taking serious steps to address climate change once and for all. Now, we've made a lot of progress to cut carbon pollution here at home, and we're leading the world to take action as well. But we've got to do more. In a few weeks, I'm heading to Paris to meet with world leaders about a global agreement to meet this challenge."
After his casual words, he moved to the real topic and added, "I hope you'll join me in speaking out on climate change and educating your friends about why this issue is so important. At a time when nearly three in four adults online use Facebook, this feels like a great place to do it. Share your thoughts in the comments, and pass this message on to folks you think need to see it."
"If we're all in this together, I'm confident we can solve this and do right by future generations."
He also updated his brief biography, where Obama describes himself as "Dad, husband, and 44th President of the United States."
Other than that, it was also mentioned on his page that the comments and messages may be archived according to the Presidential Records Act.
"President Obama, public figure" page promptly gained more than 200,000 likes in the first three hours of his page being started and was courteously welcomed to the whole new world of comments, shares, long-lost friends and baby photos. Among the early commenters were Facebook's chief operating officer Sheryl Sandburg, Katie Couric and Sen. Edward Markey, D-Mass., according to USnews.