George Bush joins Facebook

Bush is also reported to have opened an account on the microblogging site Twitter at twitter.com/geo

The former US President George W. Bush who joined Facebook on Wednesday got nearly 62,000 fans within a day at the social networking site.

About 75,829 people have responded on his page, saying they "like" him, a Bush spokesman said on Thursday.

In his two posts, Bush mentions his wife Laura's book, "Spoken from the Heart" and offers an update about his retired life. The posts written in the third person indicate that these are being written by the former president's aides.

Currently, Bush's favourite pages on Facebook comprise those of wife Laura W Bush, health care programme Global Health Corps, charity organisations Clinton Bush Haiti Fund, Barbara Bush Foundation and George Bush Presidential Library Foundation.