@POTUS, @FLOTUS Twitter Accounts Make the Transition
Obama's new Twitter handle is @POTUS44.
As President Donald Trump was sworn in on Friday morning in Washington D.C., another transition was being made online.
The @POTUS Twitter handle has switched to Trump, while Barack Obama's official Twitter handle has changed to @POTUS44.
At the time of his inaugural address, the @POTUS account had 4,000 followers, but the followers have been steadily climbing since.
Trump's old Twitter handle, @realDonaldTrump, remains active with the bio "President-elect of the United States." It's unclear what exactly Trump will do with the @POTUS account, as he plans on continuing to use @realDonaldTrump account, which boasts 20.4 million followers. @POTUS has 13.7 million.
The @FLOTUS handle has been similarly handed over to the new first lady, Melania Trump, while Michelle Obama can now be found at @FLOTUS44.
Obama still has the handle @BarackObama, which is run by his by Organizing for Action staff. Michelle still has the active @MichelleObama account, but she has not tweeted from it since 2013, when she took over the @FLOTUS handle.
Obama's personal account now describes him as "Dad, husband, President, citizen" and directs people to obama.org. He also tweeted on Friday that he's going on vacation following the inaugural proceedings: "Michelle and I are off on a quick vacation, then we’ll get back to work."
Joe Biden's @VP Twitter account has made a similar transition to new Vice President Mike Pence.
Other digital accounts, including the White House accounts on Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, YouTube, Medium, Tumblr and Flickr, will also make the transition, if they have not already.
The White House website will be archived under ObamaWhiteHouse.gov.
Obama sent his final tweets from the @POTUS account earlier on Friday ahead of Trump's swearing in, which is when the accounts officially switched over. "I'm still asking you to believe — not in my ability to bring about change, but in yours. I believe in change because I believe in you," Obama tweeted after thanking Americans for making him a better man.
Trump continued to tweet from his old account on Friday, promising to his followers that "the forgotten men and women of our country will be forgotten no longer."
January 20th 2017, will be remembered as the day the people became the rulers of this nation again.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 20, 2017
The forgotten men and women of our country will be forgotten no longer. From this moment on, it’s going to be #AmericaFirst— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 20, 2017