If You Don't Want To Follow The New POTUS On Twitter, You Better Check You Aren't Already

The not-so-smooth transferal of Twitter power

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The importance of peacefully transferring power from one politician to another can hardly be underestimated.

It is one of the United States' most treasured traditions and it enshrines the importance of voting and democracy.

And it is usually pretty successfully done as well, there was some rioting last Friday in Washington, but the inauguration went on without a hitch.

And the next day, when hundreds of thousands of people around the world took to the streets, peace, positivity and hope were the overriding messages.

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Look, even Trump agrees,

But Twitter has still got some work to do.

They made a bit of a gaffe when transferring from one POTUS twitter handle to the next, meaning that, according to Jack Dorsey, who is the CEO of Twitter, about 560,000 people who did not want to follow the new POTUS account were signed up anyway.

The @POTUS handle was wiped clean and made available to Donald Trump when he became the 45th President.

People were pretty peeved (understandably) that if they followed Obama's POTUS account (which was re-named and all his tweets archived under the handle @POTUS44) they were immediately, automatically now following Trump's POTUS account.

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Some people who even unfollowed the POTUS account and tried to follow the POTUS44 account instead, were still re-added to the new Trump version.

This meant that the new POTUS account would accrue all of Obama's followers and gain any of Trumps on top of that.

Apparently Twitter is slowly but surely figuring it out.

But don't they remember that time U2 and Apple tried to suprise treat everyone with a free downloaded Album?

Didn't go down to well did it?

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