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Hillary Clinton joins Twitter

WASHINGTON -- Twitter, meet @HillaryClinton.

Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton joined Twitter on Monday, describing herself with a dash of humor as a "pantsuit aficionado" and a "hair icon."

The former senator from New York and first lady sent out her first tweet under the handle @HillaryClinton, thanking the creators of the popular online parodies called "Texts from Hillary."

Clinton's initial tweet thanked Adam Smith and Stacy Lambe for their inspiration and said, "I'll take it from here," concluding with a hashtag #tweetsfromhillary.

The potential 2016 presidential candidate's profile page on the microblogging service shows the memorable photo of a stern-looking Clinton wearing dark sunglasses and reading her BlackBerry aboard a military plane while leading the State Department during President Barack Obama's first term.

The photo was made popular by Smith and Lambe's buzzworthy Tumblr, which won laughs and rave reviews by pairing the photo of the sunglasses-wearing Clinton with other politicians and imaginary text messages among world leaders.

Clinton's biography section includes other lighthearted descriptions such as "glass ceiling cracker." The bio ends with the letters "TBD," meaning "to be determined," which could be a reference to her potential White House bid.

By late Monday night, Clinton had racked up more than 275,000 followers.

-- AP

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