Twitter account gets Obama boost

July 17, 2012 at 12:23 PM
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ESKILSTUNA, Sweden, July 17 (UPI) -- A Swedish woman said U.S. President Barack Obama's "Life of Julia" campaign has led to a surge in the popularity of her Twitter account of the same name.

Julia Lindberg, 19, of Eskilstuna, said she opened her Twitter account, @LifeofJulia, two years ago and the account suddenly surged in messages and followers when Obama began the women's rights campaign in May of this year, The reported Tuesday.

"I hadn't heard of the campaign and didn't understand what was happening. It wasn't until after two months when I showed my brother that I got it, and we were on the floor laughing," Lindberg said.

She said her account received particular attention from people confusing it with @Iifeofjulia, a parody account using an uppercase "i" in place of the "L."

"Some are actually kind, many are very angry. The parody account surely gets people talking ... and when they write, I answer -- in English of course," Lindberg said.

Lindberg said she has no plans to change her Twitter handle.

"I definitely won't change it; this whole thing has been really fun. And I've got so many new followers from it anyway, I'd be mad to get rid of it now," she said.

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