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Michelle Obama launches new Twitter account: @FLOTUS

The First Lady launched her new Twitter account on her 49th birthday.

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US First Lady Michelle Obama listens to a question as she meets with children of Executive Office employees in the East Room on April 26, 2012 in Washington, DC, during the White House's annual Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day. (JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images)

Michelle Obama has launched a new Twitter account, @FLOTUS.

The First Lady decided to make the announcement on Thursday, her 49th birthday, the Associated Press reported.

If you are wondering, FLOTUS stands for "First Lady of the United States."

Obama is hardly entirely new to Twitter, though.

The new account actually replaces her previous @MichelleObama handle, which she launched last year for the President's presidential re-election, the AP said.

The earlier account was run by President Obama's re-election team.

Fun fact: The First Lady said she will sign her personal tweets "-mo" so stay tuned, the AP said.

As a new CBS News/ New York Times poll shows, the First Lady is still quite popular.

Fifty-one percent of Americans have a favorable view of Mrs. Obama. She is particularly popular with Democrats and women.

http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/americas/united-states/130117/michelle-obama-launches-new-twitter-account-flot