As New York Magazine's Joe Coscarelli points out, President Obama was beaten to the news of his historic phone call Friday with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani -- by Rouhani's own Twitter feed.

And the White House noticed.

A senior administration official confirmed that White House staff saw Rouhani's first tweet about the call when it posted to Twitter just before Obama told reporters in a statement in the briefing room. Rouhani quickly erased the tweet, but he later resumed posting about the phone call on the social network, where he has more than 65,000 followers on his English account.

Rouhani's tweets "certainly reflected the tone of the conversation between the two leaders," the White House official said, "and we'll continue to watch his Twitter feed."