Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn launches Twitter feed

June 30, 2011

Look out, Illinois. Gov. Pat Quinn is joining the social media revolution.

Acccording to the Associated Press, the governor’s office has launched an official Twitter feed and Flickr photo page, which they say the governor will use to get feedback from people around the state. His office says that when the governor tweets, his missives will be marked with "-GOV."

Quinn’s inaugural tweets Wednesday evening included a shout out to the Biotechnology Industry Organization, a national biotechnology group that presented Gov. Quinn with its "Governor of the Year" award in Washington, D.C. on Wednesday.

He also thanked  U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL) for his welcome to the online community. Sen. Durbin launched his own Twitter feed in early March.

As of Thursday morning the governor had racked up about 200 followers. Dozens of Twitter users began offering Quinn their thoughts Wednesday, including Matt Purdy of Carbondale, IL.

“So, @GovernorQuinn is now tweeting to get 'feedback' from the people,” Purdy wrote. “Something tells me there shouldn't be any shortage of that.”

(The Associated Press contributed to this post)