History was made today (May 18) when President Barack Obama officially sent out his first tweet. It's unconfirmed if he actually wrote the tweet himself, or how long it took Sasha and Malia to teach him how to use the social media platform, but it seems like he was both ready and excited to get started.
For the last six years, Obama's staffers have been tweeting through the official White House account as well as @BarackObama and signing it "-BO" when it was endorsed by the President. While that's worked pretty well for him, it's probably time he got his own handle so he can start promoting his post-Presidential initiatives, such as My Brother's Keeper, and live-tweeting Shannara (still confirming this...).
It's no surprise that the Prez's first tweet made quite an impression. As of noon on Monday May 18, it had over 28k retweets, and 27k likes. Oh, and he's also verified (obviously).
Barack Obama has a history of leading the way on social media platforms as a way to connect with American citizens. He also encourages his staff to participate in online conversations. During his 2015 State Of The Union address back in January, Obama famously suggested that astronaut Scott Kelly use Instagram to take pictures of outer space.
Kelly was not stoked on the idea.