Social Media Kingpin : Donald Trump

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Source: Metro.Co.UK

By James Elimian

Former President Barack Obama was coined by some to be the first “Social Media President” because of his usage of various forms of social media such as Facebook, Twitter, and  Snapchat during his candidacy and presidency.  It can also be noted as pointed out by the magazine The Atlantic,  that the reason  why  Obama is  considered the most socially active is because before his presidency, popular  social media sites like Twitter and Facebook didn’t exist and no other President  had the opportunity to use the internet to his advantage.  Now users can follow the President on Twitter or Facebook, or get an inside look into the White House from the Commander in Chief himself on Snapchat. This gave people  access to the government and  direct access  to the President like never before seen before.  Obama has now set the precedent for future Presidents to use social media to interact with American citizens.

Enter Donald Trump.

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Source : Business Insider

Donald Trump, the newly elected President uses the social media site Twitter frequently and I do mean FREQUENTLY. As in if you were to give an interview at 7 pm Tuesday night on CNN and if you said anything regarding him, whether directly or indirectly, he would put out scathing  tweet at 3 AM . Donald is the most active President we’ve ever had on social media. This is an ironic statement seeing that it was just mentioned earlier that Obama was considered the first social media president, however; even President Obama wasn’t as active as Donald Trump.   He will respond to any criticism directed towards him and will tweet anything that comes to mind.  Literally anything. 

Though there is a desire to know what our President is thinking when it comes to certain affairs, there is a limit to what you can and can’t  say as a President. The question is does Donald Trump have a limit? 

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