In 2012, the VP pick isn’t really official until he has an official running mate Twitter account.

Mitt Romney welcomed @PaulRyanVP to Twitter shortly after the “Mitt’s VP” app announced his VP pick.

The account launched on August 2, one day after Mitt Romney made the VP decision.

The followers are flocking to Paul Ryan’s new account — 17,775 and counting at 8:55 a.m. EDT.