Posted at 02:18 PM ET, 05/09/2011

The Secret Service is now following you ... on Twitter


Secret Service Police watch the crowd celebrating outside the White House in Washington early Monday, May 2, 2011, after President Obama announced the death of Osama bin Laden. (Manuel Balce Ceneta - AP)
The U.S. Secret Service launched an official Twitter account Monday, gaining more than 4,000 followers within an hour.

Welcome to the U.S. Secret Service official Twitter account. Follow us starting May 9, 2011.less than a minute ago via web Favorite Retweet Reply

What can a clandestine federal agency that protects the nation’s leaders really tweet? Surely they won’t tweet their methods for investigating counterfeiters, what they wear while protecting the Bidens, or whether they find it beneath them to supply beer kegs for President Obama’s upcoming trip to a village in Ireland.

Instead, they 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,” Secret Service spokesman Max Milien told the Daily Caller.

So far, they’ve tweeted about recruiting opportunities and say followers can look forward to such glamorous information as closed roads and buildings when the Secret Service holds a conference.

Doesn’t sound like the most fascinating tweets.

What could be interesting is if they shared gems from Secret Service history, such as the story of agent Tim McCarthy, who took a .22 caliber round to protect President Ronald Reagan, or of Private Leslie Coffelt, who died protecting President Harry Truman.

The reactions to the Secret Service’s arrival on Twitter have largely been jokes about the irony of the Secret Service joining a public forum, and that this is the one Twitter account you don’t want following you:

RT @McCann_NY: U.S. Secret Service Twitter feed @SecretService. If they follow you, will you (a) Think it's cool or (b) Flee to Caymansless than a minute ago via TweetDeck Favorite Retweet Reply

The U.S. Secret Service is now on twitter. This may be your only chance ever to follow THEM.less than a minute ago via web Favorite Retweet Reply

Move along, nothing to see here. RT @SecretService: Welcome to the U.S. Secret Service official Twitter account. Follow us starting May 9.less than a minute ago via TweetDeck Favorite Retweet Reply

Shouldn't this be, like, secret? RT @SecretService Welcome to the U.S. Secret Service official Twitter account. Follow us starting May 9less than a minute ago via txt Favorite Retweet Reply

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