It was decided that all the old messages of the official Twitter account of the President of the US called @POTUS would be archived under a new Twitter account called @POTUS45 (for the 45th president – Barack Obama) and the existing @POTUS account would be assigned to the incoming president.
But it seems that the new president-elect Donald Trump has different plans. According to this update, he is planning to go on using his own personal Twitter account @realDonaldTrump. He has expressed his desire to use his own Twitter account that already has 20 million followers. In his interview to The Times of the UK he said
“I’d rather just let that build up and just keep it @realDonaldTrump, it’s working — and the tweeting, I thought I’d do less of it, but I’m covered so dishonestly by the press — so dishonestly — that I can put out Twitter — and it’s not 140, it’s now 280 — I can go bing bing bing . . . and they put it on and as soon as I tweet it out — this morning on television, Fox — ‘Donald Trump, we have breaking news’.”
I think this makes perfect sense. Besides, not every president is obliged to have an official Twitter account especially when the future of Twitter is so uncertain. It didn’t even exist before Obama so Obama was the first president to have an official Twitter account. The post of president will come and go, but the presence one develops on a social networking website, whether Twitter or someplace else, takes time and effort (well, celebrities and famous people have it easier, naturally) and Donald Trump would like to squander away his following.
Besides, Donald Trump has his own style of communicating his thoughts and for him to use the official Twitter account would be quite constraining. The sort of negative coverage he gets in the media, every sentence will be misconstrued and misreported, and he won’t be able to respond properly. With his own account, he will not be constrained.