WASHINGTON (CNN) – The White House is launching a new official photostream on Flickr as President Obama marks the 100th day of his new administration, continuing the extensive use of social networking technologies that helped power him into the Oval Office.
Nearly 300 photos taken by White House photographers have been posted to the photo sharing site Tuesday. The pictures chronicle the young administration and provide some behind-the-scenes views of the first family. One picture features the president and the family's new dog in the White House's private residence. Another photo shows Obama tossing a football into the air as he sits at his desk in the Oval Office.
The photos have been made available to the public under a copyright license that allows users of the site to share and adapt the images so long as credit is given to the White House as the source of the original images.
"We want to make the White House more open and accessible for the American people," Obama spokesman Nick Shapiro said of the postings on Flickr. "And this is just one way we are using the Internet and new media technology to accomplish that."