It’s official. Presidential politics and social media have forged an inextricable relationship.
On Monday, former US Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich announced his plans to seek the 2012 Republican nomination for President of the United States.
Gingrich announced his plans simultaneously on Facebook and Twitter.
“I have been humbled by all the encouragement you have given me to run. Thank you for your support,” Gingrich’ tweeted while also plugging his interview Wednesday evening on Fox News. “I will be on to talk about my run for President of the United States.”
After President Barack Obama’s masterful use of social media in the 2008 presidential campaign, it was evident that national political campaigns would forever be changed and influenced by the dawn of social networking sites.
Last month, former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney announced his presidential ambitions on YouTube.
Former Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty similarly unveiled his White House hopes on Facebook in March.
Advisors for President Barack Obama say the digital world, as expected, will play a major role in the first-term president’s reelection campaign.