People can now send messages to President Barack Obama using a new Facebook Messenger bot, White House officials say.

The White House's Messenger bot, a first of its kind for any government the world over, will make it as easy as messaging your closest friends,” says a press release from the White House. “So, head on over to the White House's Facebook page and click "Message" to get in touch with the president.”

Prior to the 1880s people contacted the White House by actually going there or using mailed letters.

"Abraham Lincoln was able to have regular office hours where people would come and wait outside his office, which was over in the residence,” said President Barack Obama in a news release.

Telephones replaced personal visits and some letter writing, and in 1994, the White House launched its first website, allowing people to contact the president electronically.