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The 45th US president will inherit Obama's social media accounts, start with a clean slate

By Shawn Knight
Nov 1, 2016
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  1. Barack Obama set a Guinness World Record last year for the shortest amount of time to reach one million followers on Twitter, having done so in less than five hours. It’s an opportunity that the 45th president of the United States won’t even have according to the White House.

    Now nearing the end of his second term, the nation’s first social media president will hand off the Twitter handle @POTUS to the next in line, be it Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton. The account will retain its more than 11.1 million followers but will start with a clean slate and no tweets on the timeline.

    All of the previous tweets associated with Obama under the @POTUS handle will be transitioned to a new handle – @POTUS44 – that’ll be maintained by the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) and remain publicly available on Twitter.

    The same will be done with other administration accounts including @WhiteHouse, @FLOTUS, @PressSec and @VP across various other social media platforms such as Facebook, Instagram, YouTube and Tumblr, just to name a few.

    Elsewhere, the White House notes that the code for petition site We the People has been open sourced and they’ll take every step to allow future administrations to carry on the tradition of running it (should they elect to do so).

    The @POTUS Twitter handle and other accounts will be handed over to the 45th president of the United States on January 20, 2017.

    Image courtesy Yuri Gripas, Getty Images

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  2. Uncle Al

    Uncle Al TS Evangelist Posts: 1,676   +780

    If it will cut down on the length of the State of the Union I'm all for it!
     
  3. davislane1

    davislane1 TS Evangelist Posts: 3,555   +2,361

    Pretty sure Trump will continue to use his current handle. No need to fix what isn't broken.
     
  4. mbrowne5061

    mbrowne5061 TS Evangelist Posts: 340   +133

    If Hilary wins, I hope they make Bill use the @FLOTUS handle unchanged.
     
  5. davislane1

    davislane1 TS Evangelist Posts: 3,555   +2,361

    If Hillary wins, anyone who doesn't like and retweet everything from @POTUS will be audited by the IRS.
     
  6. RzmmDX

    RzmmDX TS Guru Posts: 305   +62

    That twitter authentication better be Three Factor then.

    And not anyway related to the nuclear launch codes.
     

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