NJ‘s Ethan Klapper, a fresh-faced recent college grad, has been snapped up by HuffPost to be their new Social Media Editor. And if you’ve ever seen Ethan in his newsroom or out and about you’ll understand why. He’s always attached to his gadgets but still manages to maintain a friendly, at least semi-engaging air. Poynter wrote about his move earlier in the day. One of his colleagues broke the news on Twitter after an internal memo went out from his boss, NJ Editor-in-Chief Ron Fournier. (See it after the jump…)

Klapper is on top of everything that happens online. If you want to know what’s happening, watch Ethan’s feed.

Ethan’s stay at NJ was a mere 10 months — 14 if you count his internship before they hired him on full-time. “I saw this was open, thought it was a perfect job for me and threw my name in!” he told FBDC. Klapper, also a former intern at mediabistro HQ, will also be leaving his gig as a freelance writer on mediabistro.com’s 10000Words.

Congratulations to him and to HuffPost.

From Fournier…

I am saddened to announce the departure of Ethan Klapper. After a year on National Journal’s digital team, Ethan is joining the Huffington Post as politics social media editor.

Ethan started as an NJ intern in January 2011. In May, a week after he graduated from American University, Ethan joined the digital team full time as an online editor. Since his hire, he has helped steer NJ’s social media strategy, covered the intersection of social media and politics, and groomed NJ’s Twitter presence, growing the audience from 6,200 to 29,000 Twitter followers.

Most people in the newsroom know Ethan as our social media guru who is always thrilled to share a tip or teach the latest trend in social media. I’m proud to say we have learned a lot from Ethan’s enthusiasm for social media, attentiveness to breaking news on the Web and love for all things politics and Congress.

His innovative spirit and contagious excitement for life in the Twittersphere will be missed.

His last day is Friday, March 23. The search for his replacement has already started.