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JFK Twitter account chronicles president's life

John F Kennedy
Image caption The Kennedy Twitter account also links to video and pictures of Kennedy from a digitised archive

The John F Kennedy Presidential Library in Boston in the state of Massachusetts has begun chronicling the former US president's 1,000 days in office on the micro-blogging website Twitter.

The account @Kennedy1961 began posting tweets on Thursday about the former president's actions and words as they unfolded 50 years ago.

The library is linking to video and pictures from its digitised archive.

Thursday marks the 50th anniversary of Kennedy's inauguration.

"What you use Twitter for today is what's happening," Rachel Day, director of communications for the JFK Library Foundation, told the ABC News network.

"For us, it's what was happening. We get to use this wonderful material that we have in the Kennedy Library archive to illustrate what was happening," she added.

Posts to the account explain the president's life 50 years ago through both his own words and explanations of his actions.

"My fellow citizens of the world: ask not what America will do for you, but what together we can do for the freedom of man," the @Kennedy1961 account said on Thursday, quoting Kennedy's inauguration speech.

The presidential library, which commemorates the former president's life, has recently digitised every scrap of paper, video, audio and artefact it possesses.

The project is the largest digitisation effort out of all the 13 US presidential libraries.

John F Kennedy, who was the youngest man ever elected president in the US, was assassinated in Dallas, Texas, soon after passing his 1,000th day in office.

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