President Barack Obama said he wanted his account to be "a place where we can have real conversations," diving right in with his first post on climate change.
Facebook now averages 1 billion active users per day, and today it got one more very important user. Barack Obama, dad, husband, and 44th president of the United States, has just joined. It's not a campaign page, it's a place where Barack can just be himself and talk directly to the people.
The President chose Facebook because "at a time when nearly three in four adults online use Facebook, this feels like a great place to do it," he writes.
In his first post, Obama took Facebook users on a walk through his back yard at the White House and calling on Americans in a video "to preserve this beautiful planet of ours." In the video he talks about squirrels, a fox named Lincoln, and carbon emissions. "Not only do I want future presidents to be able to take walks like this," Obama said in a video post on his profile. "I want to make sure that the American people are able to enjoy the incredible national parks, incredible beauty, the mountains, the oceans, that have been one of the greatest gifts we've ever received."
Obama, who first joined Twitter in May, has been more active on social media as his second term nears its end, interacting with stars of the U.S. Women's National Soccer team, inviting teen clockmaker Ahmed Mohamed to the White House, joking with Bill Clinton and even revealing his guacamole recipe preference.
Meanwhile, the politician Facebook account facebook.com/BarackObama which has over 45 million followers, continues to be run by Organizing for Action.
Follow president Obama at Facebook.com/potus