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Mr. Twitter Goes to Washington, Again

obama-twitterTweet of the day, from Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey, who texted this a little after 2 p.m. Eastern: “Meeting the staff at the @whitehouse.”

This isn’t Twitter’s first house call on Barack Obama. In March, CEO Evan Williams made a pilgrimage along with other youngish business people for a well-publicized economic summit.

But Dorsey, who was Twitter’s CEO until a year ago, seems to be making this trip solo, as part of a Washington tour he’s conducting himself.

Other stops, apparently, have included pop-ins at the State Department (“One goal of mine is to get Secretary Clinton back on Twitter”), the Department of Energy (“to talk about how Twitter can help encourage people to conserve energy everyday”) and a visit to Senator Claire McCaskill’s office, where he got a guided tour.

If this is the kind of stuff that has you on the edge of your seat, you can follow along with Dorsey’s travelogue here.

Dorsey, by the way, has 538,514 followers. The Obama administration, via its @whitehouse account, has 65,363.

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