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WASHINGTON (CNN) – Secretary of Commerce Gary Locke has become the third Cabinet Member in the Obama administration to join Twitter, the microblogging social network. He joined yesterday to help promote Commerce and also keep in touch with American entrepreneurs.
"It's important that the Department of Commerce regularly communicates with American businesses and entrepreneurs to help them translate new ideas into economic growth," Locke told CNN. "Innovation is going to be the key to our long-term economic growth, and we need to embrace new ways of communicating with small businesses and entrepreneurs."
Locke announced his intentions to join Twitter yesterday in a speech delivered at the Inc. 500 / 5000 Conference, geared towards small business owners and entrepreneurs. The secretary noted he recently met with technology entrepreneurs at the White House and wanted to keep connected.
"I will start Tweeting regularly on innovation and entrepreneurship issues and look forward to hearing your thoughts on them," he said.
While the White House keeps a regularly updated Twitter account, the other two cabinet members on Twitter are Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood (@raylahood) and Labor Secretary Hilda Solis (@hildasolisdol).
You can follow Sec. Locke on Twitter @seclocke.