The inauguration of the 45th U.S. president is a historic moment for the online community. For the first time, a presidential Twitter account, @POTUS, has been passed from a sitting president to his successor.
The administration announced before the inauguration that the Twitter account @POTUS, opened in 2015, would be transferred to Trump, while the tweets and conversations of outgoing President Barack Obama would be transferred to an archived account called @POTUS44.
The official @POTUS account managed to garner 14 million followers, who should have stayed with this account. It now appears, though, that they were accidentally transferred to the archived account. Nevertheless, the official @POTUS account is accumulating followers at a dizzying rate (7.2 million at the time of writing, in comparison to Trump’s own 20.7 million followers).
During the first hours after the transition, the @POTUS account bore a photo of the crowds at the inauguration. There was only one problem: the inauguration was Obama’s in 2009. This has since been replaced by a slightly fuzzy photo of incoming President Donald Trump looking out of a White House window.
Trump announced before the inauguration that he would continue to tweet from his private account, which has become one of his major tools for conveying messages and attacking rivals in recent years.
Indeed, Trump has been tweeting on his private account since the inauguration. His first tweet referred people to his speech, which can be seen on his Facebook page: “Today we are not merely transferring power from one Administration to another, or from one party to another –but we are transferring power from Washington, D.C. and giving it back to you, the American People,” he wrote, reiterating his inauguration speech.
The official White House website has already undergone some changes. Sections have already assumed the character of the new administration, including a “Top Issues” menu with topics such as “America First Energy Plan”; “America First Foreign Policy”; “Bringing Back Jobs and Growth” and “Making our Military Strong Again.”
The TechCrunch website noted that several important pages have already disappeared from the official White House website. (A page that invited users to receive updates on the Trump administration was taken down quite quickly from the website.)
Trump’s impact is already being felt, with several topics dear to Obama’s heart – such as supporting gay rights and concern over global warming, deemed a high-priority issue by the outgoing president – among the pages removed.
And if further proof were needed that Trump is now officially in the White House, the page devoted to energy now states: “For too long, we’ve been held back by burdensome regulations on our energy industry. President Trump is committed to eliminating harmful and unnecessary policies such as the Climate Action Plan and the Waters of the U.S. rule. Lifting these restrictions will greatly help American workers, increasing wages by more than $30 billion over the next 7 years.”