The White House’s Low Tech Secret

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Here’s a little-known fact about the West Wing, which I mention in my new Time.com story about the U.S. Government’s impressive strides into the world of social networking: Most White House officials still can’t access Twitter, Facebook, MySpace, etc., from their work computers. (Social networks are generally blocked from the computers for security and Presidential Records Act reasons.)  That means that Robert Gibbs’ communications office has no idea what the White House press corps, Karl Rove, Chuck Grassley or Ana Marie Cox are Twittering about them.

There is potential here for mischief. I’m just not sure what it is. But Mark Knoller will probably figure it out first.

ALSO: If you have not seen them already, check out the White House and Library of Congress Flikr photo streams.

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