President Barack Obama's Twitter Account Had Fewer Followers Than A Lot Of People

But only for a few precious moments.

Inciting a social media frenzy on Monday, President Obama created a personal Twitter account that the faster-footed among us seized on to compare followers with. For a brief few minutes, Twitter users jumped at the golden sliver of time when Obama's new Twitter account had less followers than a lot of other users, before everyone else caught on and he racked up hundreds of thousands of followers in the subsequent hours. 

Though the president currently has two other Twitter accounts, @WhiteHouse and @BarackObama, TIME reports that those are managed by the Administration and Organizing for Action, the nonprofit that acquired his presidential campaign department. 

The first tweet from his new @POTUS account reads: "Hello, Twitter! It's Barack. Really! Six years in, they're finally giving me my own account." It indicates that he was finally able to tweet personally, though his short bio made sure to note that some of his tweets may be archived — he still is the president, after all. 

According to a White House blog post, Obama's new Twitter account was created as "a new way for President Obama to engage directly with the American people, with tweets coming exclusively from him." 

Before his surge of new followers, though, some were fast enough to record the fleeting moment when they were more popular on Twitter than the President of the United States.


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