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Twitter Counter on @realDonaldTrump

by Zia A., posted 5 months ago
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We get a lot of questions about POTUS around these parts – what we think of his Twitter strategy, how he’s affecting the social media sphere, what we think of his politics – and, well, since you asked, we’re answering (all except that last one, that’s one hot potato we’re not going to touch!). Love him or hate him, there’s no question that, through his presence at @realDonaldTrump, the President is shifting the way we interact with our government and changing the discourse on both a national and global level.

When did it all begin?

Donald Trump joined Twitter in March 2009. We started tracking him in October of that same year (you can check out his Twitter Counter stats any time by clicking here). Using his account as a platform to make frequent comments about politics, politicians, and celebrities (many of which have been controversial, and, according to Wikipedia, also frequently false), the Donald rocketed to a whopping 47,828,422 Twitter followers (landing him in 20th place on the most followed accounts worldwide).

 

Trump Twitter

Twitter and the 2016 elections.

Social media was an important part of Trump‘s presidential campaign in 2016, and has been cited as one of the contributing factors in his win. Throughout the campaign cycle an astounding one billion-plus election-related posts could be seen on Twitter. On election day alone, that number reached 40 million posts. At one point there were 27,000 election-related posts swirling across the network every minute. It was a veritable Twitter storm and Trump was at the epicentre.

Trump relied heavily on Twitter to communicate with the people (at one point The New York Times reported that “Mr. Trump’s aides had had to wrest his Twitter account away from him”) and his Twitter activity has only increased since being sworn in as the 45th President of the United States.

Trump’s most controversial tweets.

TIME magazine recently rounded up The 10 Donald Trump Tweets Americans Hate the Most. Attacks on business mogul and reality TV rival Mark Cuban made the list, as did similarly adversial posts about “Morning Joe” co-hosts Joe Scarborough and Mike Brzezinski, Republican Sens. Jeff Flake and Bob Corker, former FBI director James Comey, former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and CNN. Lucky for us, Twitter Counter didn’t make an appearance 😉

Trump and Twitter today.

President Trump insists that his tweets are a way to get his “honest and unfiltered message out,” but an October poll by Quinnipiac University revealed that a record-high 70% of respondents feel that Trump should stop tweeting from his personal account. Even among Republicans, 53% agreed he should quit Twitter. 

The funny thing is, during the 2016 campaign, Trump himself agreed, saying that he would “give up” social media if he won. “We won’t tweet any more,” he said. “I don’t know. Not presidential.” But since arriving in office, his presence has only increased.

We’re not complaining. More Trump tweets means more to talk about, so watch our blog in the coming months as we follow along with @realDonaldTrump and dish on the coverage and the controversy.

Trump Twitter 

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