August 3rd, 2009
08:53 AM ET
5 years ago

McCain: Twitter is 'a phenomenal way of communicating'

Sen. McCain currently has 1.1 million followers on the social networking and microblogging site Twitter.
Sen. McCain currently has 1.1 million followers on the social networking and microblogging site Twitter.

WASHINGTON (CNN) – Sen. John McCain may have lost the last presidential election but online the Arizona Republican has something the White House doesn’t have – more followers on the popular social networking site Twitter than the Obama administration’s official Twitter account.

Watch: McCain raves about Twitter

McCain (@SenJohnMcCain) has slightly more than 1.1 million Twitter followers while the White House account (@whitehouse) has approximately 844,000.

McCain, who was not known as a technophile during the 2008 presidential race, says he is fond of the popular service that allows users to broadcast 140-character messages.

“It is a phenomenal way of communicating,” McCain told CNN Chief National Correspondent John King in an interview that aired Sunday on CNN’s State of the Union.

McCain said he was “flooded with responses,” after he recently sent a tweet about use of steroids by a Major League baseball player. “It’s a great, great vehicle for communication.”

Overall though, the Arizona Republican has a ways to go to catch up with his former rival on Twitter.

The Twitter account created by the Obama presidential campaign (@BarackObama) currently has more than 1.8 million followers – meaning the two Obama-related accounts combined have more than double the followers of McCain.

And while there’s presumably a significant overlap between followers of both the original Obama campaign account and the newer, official White House account, apparently not all of Obama’s early Twitter followers have made the switch. So Obama is working hard to boost the White House’s Twitter following. During the last “Follow Friday,” a weekly event where Twitter users recommend which users to follow, Obama’s original campaign account suggested that its 1.8 million followers also follow the official White House Twitter account.

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