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WASHINGTON, DC - APRIL 6:  Members of the Secret Service await the return of President Barack Obama outside the Oval Office of the White House April 6, 2011 in Washington, DC.  President Barack Obama plans on meeting tonight with Senate Majority Leader Senator Harry Reid (D-NV) and Speaker of the House Leader Representative John Boehner (R-OH) to break a stalemate in budget negotiations between the White House and Congress which could force the federal government to close on Friday.  (Photo by Brendan Smialowski/Getty Images) WASHINGTON, DC - APRIL 6: Members of the Secret Service await the return of President Barack Obama outside the Oval Office of the White House April 6, 2011 in Washington, DC. President Barack Obama plans on meeting tonight with Senate Majority Leader Senator Harry Reid (D-NV) and Speaker of the House Leader Representative John Boehner (R-OH) to break a stalemate in budget negotiations between the White House and Congress which could force the federal government to close on Friday. (Photo by Brendan Smialowski/Getty Images)  

The U.S. Secret Service is following you on Twitter

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Chris Moody
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The U.S. Secret Service launched an official Twitter account this week, with plans to use the social media site to promote its visibility and investigative work.

The federal agency charged with protecting the nation’s highest government officials will use the account to “highlight the investigative missions, press releases, and distribute information to communities hosting national special security events, to explore Secret Service history and and promote any recruiting opportunities,” said Secret Service spokesman Max Milien.

For example, the agency plans to use the account during the APEC conference in Honolulu, Hawaii, in November to spread the word about roads and buildings that will be closed off for the event.

The Secret Service joins a number of federal agencies that already use social media tools like Twitter and Facebook.

The agency’s Office of Government and Public Affairs will run the account and plans to post its first tweet Monday, May 9. As of this writing, the account already has nearly 500 followers.

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