President Barack Obamawas the first president to, like, really use social media.
The president and his White House used Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, Reddit and YouTube over the years, effectively making Obama our first social media POTUS.
Hello, Twitter! It’s Barack. Really! Six years in, they’re finally giving me my own account.
President Obama (@POTUS) May 18, 2015
Obviously hes not amaster of it. Were sure its his team running the accounts, so its likely he doesnt even really know how to send a snap.
But his social media profile has been expansive.
But with just a few days left in the White House, what will happen to those accounts? The things is, they all have handles like @POTUS, @WhiteHouse, @FLOTUS and so on. Once the Obamas leave the White House, itd be weird if they were still using these handles.
Special Assistant to the president and Deputy Chief Digital Officer, Kori Schulman, explained whats going to happen to the accounts in a blog post.
Dont worry about losingyour favorite tweets and snaps.
TheNational Archives and Records Administration (NARA) is saving everything and working on making it all publicly available.
By saving everything, they mean every tweet, Insta, snap and so on. So yeah, Obama may have thought his Snap Stories would go away after 24 hours, but theyll stick around American history forever.
Theyre going to save some of this stuff to new, Obama-specific accounts. On Twitter, thats @POTUS44 (which is currently a protected account).Facebook and Instagram will be using the handle @ObamaWhiteHouse for the archives.
Basically, just add a 44 to the accounts for Joe Biden and Michelle, and youre all set to save the memories.
The next president will be starting over.
All the social media accounts are going to be wiped clean before the 45th president takes over in January.
On Twitter, for example, the handle @POTUS will be made available to the 45th President of the United States on January 20, 2017. The account will retain its more than 11 million followers, but start with no tweets on the timeline.
Basically, what this means is we wont be able to use Obamas old tweets to embarrass whoever comes next. Like, you know how we go back in @RealDonaldTrumps account to find tweets that contradictwith what hes saying at the time?
Wont be able to do that with @POTUS.
Clever, Kori Schulman. Clever.
But lets be real: The best Obama presidency social media account was never Obamas account anyway.
It was Pete Souzas Instagram. Souza is the official White House photographer, and he took all those famous pics of Barack we know and love.
To be honest, I just need to know if Souza will keep posting more of the incredible pics he took of the Obamas over the past eight years of this historic presidency.
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