Kristi Pelzel is a Senior White House correspondent for Today News Africa in Washington D.C. Kristi also covers the US Department of State and the United Nations. She holds a master’s degree from Georgetown University.
President Joe Biden’s Twitter gained 1.1 million followers in 9 minutes on inauguration day. His social media following has surged leading-up to his inauguration this week and continues to trend upward. The increase in followers and likes on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram will give President Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris a means of communicating directly with American citizen’s on important issues.
From January 11 to January 18, the, then, President-elect’s Twitter account attracted more than 833,000 followers, Instagram page grew by over 288,000, according to Social Blade, and his Facebook page “likes” grew by more than 109,000.
As President Biden transitions into office, social media companies are completing the transitions of official accounts. However, instead of handing them over, as-is, like it’s been handled in the past, Twitter did not carry over the followers of former President Donald Trump. President Biden started over, and people seem to be returning by the millions to connect with him and his official messages.
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Wednesday, January 20th, @WhiteHouse shared its first tweet to 1.6 million followers. “Today, the work begins,” it said. After 12:30 p.m., Mr. Biden issued his first tweet from the @POTUS account. “There is no time to waste when it comes to tackling the crises we face,” he Tweeted. “That’s why today, I am heading to the Oval Office to get right to work delivering bold action and immediate relief for American families.”