[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2010/images/02/13/art.gibbstw0213.tw.jpg caption="In his first tweet, White House Press Secretary sought advice from the Twitterverse."]
Washington (CNN) – Count White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs among a growing group of Democratic press operatives who have recently joined the microblogging site Twitter.
The top White House spokesman set up his Twitter account Saturday, Gibbs confirmed to CNN; Gibbs goes by the Twitter handle @PressSec on the popular service.
Gibbs’ arrival on Twitter comes as a number of his colleagues in the Democratic communications apparatus have also joined the site which allows users to broadcast short messages.
Earlier Saturday, Lynda Tran (@LyndaOFA), the national press secretary for President Obama’s grassroots political organization Organizing for America, informed the media via e-mail that she had joined Twitter.
And on Friday, Organizing for America announced that it was looking for a new social networks manager who will be responsible, among other things, for managing the Twitter account @BarackObama. (The official White House Twitter account, @whitehouse, is separate and run by the White House.)
Less than two weeks ago, Hari Sevugan (@HariDNC), the Democratic National Committee’s national press secretary began tweeting. About the same time, Sevugan’s colleague DNC communications director Brad Woodhouse (@woodhouseb) joined Twitter.
In mid January, Deputy White House Press Secretary Bill Burton (@billburton44) began using a previously dormant Twitter account.
And last month, President Obama made history when he personally clicked the send button on a tweet from the @RedCross account while on a visit to the Washington headquarters of the Red Cross.
The move by Gibbs and other Democratic communications professionals comes after months of dominance by conservatives and Republicans on Twitter and other social media platforms like YouTube.
–CNN White House Producer Jamie Crawford contributed to this report.