What will happen to President Obama’s Twitter handle?

Posted at 3:53 PM, Nov 01, 2016
and last updated 2016-11-01 15:56:17-04

Social media rules our world, and it’s no different for the President of the United States.screen-shot-2016-11-01-at-3-55-06-pm

Both of President Barack Obama’s campaigns are known for their widespread adoption of social media and technology to reign voters in, which changed the way political campaigns are run in the 21st century.

When it was all said and done, Obama, dubbed the first “social media president,” began to tweet in 2015 using the handle @POTUS. First Lady Michelle Obama uses the @FLOTUS handle and Vice President Joe Biden tweets from @VP.

But what will happen to these social media profiles, created within the last eight years, when a new administration begins in January?

For starters, @POTUS will be made available to the next president, according to a White House statement. The account will be wiped clean of all tweets, but the new president will maintain the 11 million followers President Obama has amassed.

All of President Obama’s tweets will be moved to a new account, @POTUS44.

Other Obama administration accounts will follow suit and become @VP44, @FLOTUS44, @WhiteHouse44, @PressSec44, and so on.

The White House did not comment on the possibility of a First Gentleman account, @FGOTUS, if Hillary Clinton were to win and Bill Clinton were to become and likely be called First Gentleman of the United States.

The White House Facebook and Instagram profiles will also be wiped clean for a new administration, but followers will remain.

All digital media from the Obama administration will be preserved by the National Archives and Records Administration in a publicly accessible archive, according to The White House.

That includes photos, videos, tweets, Facebook posts, Instagrams, Snapchats and We The People petitions sent to the White House, along with President Obama’s responses.

And the domain under Obama’s tenure will be frozen Jan. 20 as, similar to the transition with the Clinton and Bush administrations.

The incoming administration will receive the domain name and a blank slate.