So...what happens to the POTUS social media accounts?

It's no surprise, Nov. 8 will go down as one of the most social elections in history.

Twitter says more than 75 million election-related tweets filled the Twittersphere, crushing the record set on Election Day in 2012 that racked up 31 million total tweets. 

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It seems like almost everyone is on Twitter and social media these days...especially if you're a public figure.

Though President Obama's time in the White House is coming to a close, he has made history by being the first "social media president." 

He's checked the boxes to many firsts as an American president:

  • The first to answer questions from citizens live on YouTube:

So just what exactly is going to happen to all of his POTUS- branded social media accounts?

The White House says they "plan to preserve and pass on the digital history of the Obama administration" and they've already got it all mapped out.

For starters, they're going to preserve the material they've created from tweets to snapchats with the National Archives and Records Administration, just like previous presidents have done with their handwritten notes, emails, faxes, etc. 

Accounts like @POTUS on Twitter and the White House’s Facebook page will belong to the next president, in this case, Donald Trump, but they're going to have to start from square one.

The @POTUS account will retain its more than 11 million followers, but start with no tweets on the timeline. Instead, @POTUS44, a newly created handle will be made with all of President Obama’s previous tweets and will be accessible to anyone online.

@WhiteHouse, @FLOTUS, @PressSec, and @VP Twitter handles will all follow suit and individual accounts will be created for the people who are currently using them.

According to the plan, on Instagram and Facebook, the incoming White House will gain access to the White House username, URL, and retain the followers, but will start with no content on the timeline as well, similar to Twitter.

Archives of all the content posted will be available on NARA.

Don't worry fans of The Obama administration's digital footprint, it will continue to live online.

To take a deeper dive into the social media plan outlined by WhiteHouse.gov, click here.

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