CNN – Trump has been climbing the Twitter charts recently, thanks in part to his frequent use of the social networking site. Sometime on Monday he surpassed the 20 million mark.
According to the measuring tool TwitterCounter, Trump is the 68th-most-followed user on the site, just behind Canadian singer Avril Lavigne and right ahead of Indian actor Aamir Khan.
Trump’s aides had been keeping a close eye on the follower number, waiting for the account to reach 20 million.
The president-elect brings up his social media stats on a regular basis, adding up the users who follow him on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram to say he reaches 46 million people through the three sites.
The total, while impressive, is belied by the fact, like many social media users, Trump has some followers that are either robots (known as “bots”) or dormant users who never see what he posts.
Trump’s favored social network is Twitter, which he uses to respond to slights, disputes and news coverage. He has been called the first “Twitter president.”
The actual first presidential user of Twitter, Barack Obama, has 80 million followers on his personal account and 13.5 million users on the White House’s official @POTUS account.
Obama tweets irregularly, however. Trump is a daily user.
Shortly after election day, Trump told “60 Minutes” that he was going to be “very restrained” with Twitter once taking office.
But that’s not the plan anymore.
In an interview with Germany’s Bild and Britain’s Sunday Times over the weekend, Trump said, “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.'”
He indicated that he will continue to use his personal account rather than @POTUS.
The only take I have on this one is why in the hell didn’t this happen sooner? Trump has the most hilarious/entertaining Twitter account on the planet. I know that a lot of Americans are still shitting and puking themselves while they come to the realization that Trump’s going to be the next POTUS on Friday. Well, I’m not. I’m fucking pumped to see more tweets like these for the next four years: