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. It includes 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. 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 and 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, 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Tweets generated during the Obama administration have been archived and moved to separate accounts such as @FLOTUS44, @VP44 and @ObamaWhiteHouse.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 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 with one from his @BarackObama account.
 
"Hi everybody! Back to the original handle," Obama wrote. "Is this thing still on?"

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CRITICAL THINKING QUESTION
Why did Donald Trump want to continue using @realdonaldtrump?
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COMMENTS (9)
  • allenm1-bla
    1/27/2017 - 08:43 a.m.

    Trump is the new President. He goes and tweets on his @realDonaldTrump account because this is where his thousands of fans and followers helped him propel into political force. Trump believes that @realDonaldTrump is the account he wants to use because it gives him a flashback of what he did to become President and how he defeated Hillary Clinton.

  • averys1-bla
    1/27/2017 - 08:43 a.m.

    Donald Trump is a very tech savvy president. He took on the twitter as soon as he could. He talks about all of his many great things he is doing as president on twitter. He is taking in many of followers on the account. He tells us what goes on daily in the white house. He is the first president to take social media so quickly as a president. I love this article because I can keep in touch with the things that happen in my country on social media. Thank you Donald!

  • cartert-bla
    1/27/2017 - 01:03 p.m.

    Donald Trump wanted to continue using his old twitter account for many reasons. one of these reasons was that Donald trump had just recently gotten the new account. Trump had already been using his personal account, so he wanted to continue using his old one. I think that I would do the same thing because if you already have a other account, why would you want to have a new one, when you can continue your ideas.

  • josepho-bla
    1/27/2017 - 01:14 p.m.

    What the article is saying is that Donald J. trump is plaining to make changes to the usa.He plains to build a wall to separate the united states and Mexico. He plains to do this because immigrants are coming into the usa with out permission.
    I think that is a good thing because it keeps bad people out of the usa. also It will get more open jobs for US Americans. so that's why its a good idea.
    TRUMP TRUMP TRUMP all the way.

  • charliet-orv
    2/01/2017 - 03:00 p.m.

    Because he has a huge ego. All he wants is to show off more.

  • jacquelynt-
    2/02/2017 - 09:08 a.m.

    I barely understond anything in that artical

  • bmaria-dav
    2/02/2017 - 08:14 p.m.

    In response to "For the first time, social media is included in transfer of presidential power," I disagree that twitter should be a main social media resource in the white house. One reason I disagree is that maybe one day, a president might accidentally share the wrong document on twitter and it might get into the wrong hands. Another reason is that some president's have made HUGE mistakes on twitter, like rude comments, and they move up and ruin the White House's good name. It says in the article "Citizens and their elected leaders around the world have come to rely on Twitter as an instantaneous, direct means of communication," I think its plain informal that we will have to "rely" on a social media website to get info on Nuclear deal's for example. Even though it is the 21st century and many people do rely on social media, I think that we should keep records on paper, not technology.

  • seyonniek-
    2/07/2017 - 08:50 a.m.

    trump wanted to keep @realdonaldtrump because he wanted to have a political account where all he could do was talk about politics to his followers so that they could share it with everyone else and so his message could get out there to the world.

  • jayleec-ver
    2/10/2017 - 03:31 p.m.

    In my opinion i think that its dumb for the president to have social media because its showing that he his acting like a little kid but i personally don't like Donald Trump and its not because of all the immigration stuff i just don't like him period.

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