The White House has officially answered this burning question through a post published on it’s blog (and yes to my surprise as well, the White House has a blog).
The process is actually simpler than one might think. According to the post, the new president will take over the @POTUS Twitter account, retain all the followers, yet the account will be wiped clean of President Obama’s previous tweets. But do not worry, President Obama’s tweets will not be gone forever. They will be reposted to another account titled @POTUS44, an account created and maintained by the National Archive and Records Administration (NARA). The same process will be done for the First Lady’s accounts, Vice President’s accounts, and other officials. This process will also be carried out over all social channels.
According to Kori Schulman, the Deputy Chief Digital Officer, “President Obama is the first ‘social media president’: the first to have @POTUS on Twitter, the first to go live on Facebook from the Oval Office, the first to answer questions from citizens on YouTube, the first to use a filter on Snapchat.”
Along with this social media account transition, the blog post outlines a plan to open data to the public digitally. By the end of President Obama’s administration, previous social media content should be easily accessible to the American public in a downloadable version.
In conclusion to the post, Kori Schulman writes that this transition is unprecedented and new. She suggests the public follow the Twitter account @WHWeb for updates on data releases, account transitions, and more.
Current Presidential social media accounts can be found here:
Snapchat: White House