For the first time, social media is included in transfer of presidential power The new @POTUS Twitter account for President Donald Trump is shown in this frame grab, Friday, Jan. 20, 2017. The technological transition came just as Trump took the oath Friday, giving him a clean digital slate. The White House’s official Twitter and Facebook accounts were quickly scrubbed and rebranded. It’s the first time social media accounts have been a part of the transition. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, Pool)
For the first time, social media is included in transfer of presidential power
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Donald Trump built his campaign on early morning tweets and hashtag-worthy slogans. Now he is the president. So he's in control of the White House's powerful social media arsenal. It includes the official @POTUS Twitter account. It has nearly 14 million followers.
 
The technological transition came just as Trump took the oath of office Jan. 20. It gave him a clean digital slate. Meanwhile, hundreds of tweets and posts made during President Barack Obama's time in office have been preserved.
 
The White House's official Twitter and Facebook accounts were quickly purged. They were rebranded for the new administration. This was the first time social media accounts have been a part of the transition.
 
Trump didn't rush to use the @POTUS account.
 
Trump sent his first tweets as president from @realDonaldTrump. It is his personal account. That is where his thousands of candid-on-everything posts, from immigration to golf course conditions, helped propel him into a political force.
 
"We will bring back our jobs. We will bring back our borders. We will bring back our wealth - and we will bring back our dreams!" Trump told his 21 million followers about an hour into his presidency.
 
A few hours later, the @POTUS account sprung to life. There was a photo of Trump being introduced at the swearing-in ceremony. There was a link to a Facebook post on the occasion. The same image appeared on the White House's Instagram account.
 
Tweets generated during the Obama administration have been archived. They were moved to separate accounts. These included @FLOTUS44, @VP44 and @ObamaWhiteHouse.
 
The same went for official White House accounts on Facebook, Instagram, Medium, Tumblr and YouTube.
 
Turning over social media accounts is a modern twist on the complex presidential transition. It is the 21st century version of handing over the keys to the Oval Office.
 
The White House's digital transition plans were announced a week before the election. They stressed that the National Archives would preserve social media content. The Archives would do it in a similar fashion as paper records.
 
Twitter helped transition White House accounts on its platform. Twitter said anyone who started following POTUS during Obama's presidency would automatically start following POTUS44, too.
 
"Citizens and their elected leaders around the world have come to rely on Twitter as an instantaneous, direct means of communication," Twitter's Colin Crowell said. "The transparency and accountability that this global, open Twitter conversation fosters are a benefit to all. And we're glad to see today's smooth @POTUS transition."
 
Obama presided over the White House's push into social media. The first official White House account was @whitehouse. It was created in April 2009. That was his third month in office. The @POTUS account didn't come around until June 2013.
 
Obama sent a farewell tweet from @POTUS on Jan. 20. He followed up a few hours later. That one came from his @BarackObama account.
 
"Hi everybody! Back to the original handle," Obama wrote. "Is this thing still on?"

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Why did Donald Trump want to continue using @realdonaldtrump?
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COMMENTS (38)
  • brian-war
    1/27/2017 - 10:08 a.m.

    Trump is going to be a great president for the U.S. And its going to be good for America having a president good with money. And he continued using his account because all of his followers and throughout the campaign that's what he used

  • alisat-hol
    1/27/2017 - 11:29 a.m.

    How people propel him. Also to let people know he's the president.

  • mollyl-hol
    1/27/2017 - 11:31 a.m.

    Trump wanted to continue using his original account because that's what he built his campaign on.

  • marcush-hol
    1/27/2017 - 11:32 a.m.

    He may have wanted to still use it because this way no one could be confused about who it was.

  • marisap-hol
    1/27/2017 - 11:33 a.m.

    He wanted to continue to use his personal account on twitter because it propelled him into a political force.

  • cournteyk-hol
    1/27/2017 - 11:33 a.m.

    So he could still be in touch with the people that followed his personal account but maybe didn't follow his new account.

  • jordanp2-hol
    1/27/2017 - 11:33 a.m.

    he wanted to keep his original account, because he uses it for everything.

  • briannas1-hol
    1/27/2017 - 11:33 a.m.

    Because all of his supporters are following his original account and he knew it was the fastest way to notify the group he wanted.

  • jacoba1-hol
    1/27/2017 - 11:34 a.m.

    cause there are so many scammers using his name to make him sound bad to america.

  • emmaz-hol
    1/27/2017 - 11:35 a.m.

    Donald Trump continued using his personal account because that is where his thousands of "candids-on-everything posts" are located. Also he has a lot more followers on his personal account than the white houses social media account.

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