First lady launches new Twitter account: @FLOTUS

By the Associated Press | January 17, 2013 | 2:33 PM EST

FILE - This Aug. 20, 2012 file photo shows first lady Michelle Obama during the first ever Kids’ State Dinner luncheon, in the East Room of the White House in Washington. Obama has proven her fashion savvy time and time again since she was introduced to the country as first lady on Inauguration Day 2009. In the past four years she has adeptly walked the line between directional fashionista and everywoman. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, file)

WASHINGTON (AP) — Trying to find Michelle Obama on Twitter? Try tweeting her at (at)FLOTUS, which is Washington shorthand for "first lady of the United States."

Mrs. Obama's office unveiled her new Twitter identity on Thursday, largely to replace a previous Twitter account under the handle of (at)Michelle Obama. That account was launched a year ago and run by President Barack Obama's re-election team. It will now be managed by the Democratic National Committee.

The site's initial tweet promised updates and pictures. Tweets by the first lady herself will be signed "-mo."

Followers also were asked to re-tweet that initial message to wish Mrs. Obama a happy birthday. She turned 49 on Thursday.