For the first time, social media is included in transfer of presidential power
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 president, he's in control of the White House's powerful social media arsenal, including the official @POTUS Twitter account that has nearly 14 million followers.
The technological transition came just as Trump took the oath of office Jan. 20, giving him a clean digital slate while preserving hundreds of tweets and posts made during President Barack Obama's time in office.
The White House's official Twitter and Facebook accounts were quickly purged and rebranded for the new administration - 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, the personal account where his thousands of candid-on-everything, 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 with a photo of Trump being introduced at the swearing-in ceremony and 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Tweets generated during the Obama administration have been archived and moved to separate accounts such as @FLOTUS44, @VP44 and @ObamaWhiteHouse.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, the 21st century version of handing over nuclear codes and the keys to the Oval Office.
The White House's digital transition plans, announced a week before the election, stressed that the National Archives would preserve social media content in a similar fashion as paper records.
Twitter, which helped transition White House accounts on its platform, 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, @whitehouse, was created in April 2009, 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 and followed up a few hours later with one 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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  • kaileew-ste
    1/26/2017 - 02:09 p.m.

    Now that Trump is in office, he has the power to take over the POTUS social media pages. The Twitter and Facebook accounts were quickly recreated by Trump. He communicated a lot through social media throughout the election and will continue doing so through his presidency.

  • lukej1-pla
    1/26/2017 - 02:09 p.m.

    The article dissects the transition of social media accounts between the Obama Administration and the Trump Administration. Apparently, Trump did not even use his White-House sanctioned Twitter account at first, continuing to write from his infamous "@realDonaldTrump" handle for a short while. All information released on previous White House social media accounts will be archived under different Twitter handles as well as the National Archives.

    I liked the article. The author focuses a bit more on the effects of Presidential social media presence rather than simple restatement of what has happened. I think it ties in nicely with our recent discussions of civic engagement.

  • reecel1-bla
    1/27/2017 - 08:44 a.m.

    This story discuss the social media trend but in a more political manor. It goes over how just minutes into Donald Trumps presidency he jumped to posting some tweet on his @realdonaldtrump account instead of the official white house account this article also discusses how Donald Trump choose to keep his twitter so he could keep all of his personal old tweets which in my opinion I consider false. I found this article just another show of action that he does not deserve the president position but personally I can not change that.

  • piersonw-cel
    1/27/2017 - 10:22 a.m.

    It was the personal account where his thousands of candid-on-everything, from immigration to golf course conditions, helped propel him into a political force.

  • jacob13-war
    1/27/2017 - 12:18 p.m.

    Donald Trump continued using his twitter account because he has many followers and he doesn't want to lose any, so he can communicate to the nation more easily. Donald Trump wants to use this same account also so he can continue to communicate more easily.

  • colton-war
    1/27/2017 - 12:19 p.m.

    It is a good thing that the president has that many followers on social media and he has access to talk to everyone in a tweet. Donald Trump got a new twitter account but he is still tweeting to the people on social media and has not lost any of his previous followers. Donald Trump not only uses twitter, but other media like Facebook, Medium, Tumblr, and Youtube to reach those not on Twitter.

  • daltons1-ste
    1/27/2017 - 01:17 p.m.

    It's cool that they are integrating social media accounts into the exchange of power. The world we live in currently is so tech oriented that this is part of the presidency.

  • alexism3-war
    1/27/2017 - 01:42 p.m.

    Donald Trump our new president wanted to continue using his email address. He wanted to do this because when he very first became the president of the United States of America he tweeted using this account and that is what everybody knows him as. He doesn't want to change this because he wants to always remember and treasure the memories of him first becoming the president of the United States of America.

  • brandon4-war
    1/27/2017 - 01:49 p.m.

    The fact social media is now being treated like a paper document to the National Archives. Along with the fact that the importance of social media having such and increased impact on society creating more needs for the government increasing the need for funding to have the accounts monitored and protected from hackers. On top of all this its a pointless practice to archive all the former presidents tweets at they will have little impact on day to day life.

  • collinh-pla
    1/30/2017 - 03:29 p.m.

    Trump took over as President of the United States (POTUS) a little over a week ago. This peaceful transition of power from Obama to Trump has followed a similar path as all previous POTUS to POTUS transitions including handing over keys to the White House and even nuclear codes. However, this year included handing over all the White House social media accounts to the upcoming administration as well. President Trump now has control of Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Medium, Tumblr, and YouTube. The National Archives has treated all tweets and other social media forms from the Obama administrations as written documents and preserved them for anyone to access.
    The transition of Social Media accounts symbolizes the shift in our world. From keys to codes to accounts, the world is steadily moving towards intangible things that keep us more connected. Twitter gives the POTUS immediate access to 14 million followers. As good citizens, we have to recognize the ever growing impact and influence social media has on our lives. Twitter can be used for good things, like fast communication, viral sharing, and even promote a climate of change. It can also promote hate, racism, and bullying. Twitter and other social media sites, if used correctly, can help foster a more understanding and democratic process. After all, Trump used Twitter as an important campaign tool to gain notoriety and possibly even win the election.

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