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Mayor's Office Gets a New Twitter Account So Villaraigosa Can Get Personal

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Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa is inching closer to his next step in his political career, and today his office made the impending separation more pronounced via contemporary culture's most popular medium: Twitter.

Now, to keep up with Los Angeles' civic leader, the Twitter account has been converted to @LAMayorsOffice. If you were previously following @villaraigosa, you'll automatically be following the new one, but if you want to keep up with Villaraigosa himself, you'll have to follow his new personal account (which happens to be.... @villaraigosa).

Villaraigosa explained the changeup:

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He also invited everyone to join the fun on his personal account:

He's only a couple of Tweets in, but they seem to be about one thing so far: Him!

We can expect more scripted, less spontaneous content on the @LAMayorsOffice account, but they seem to only be looking to talk to people who make "popular comments" (whatever that means):