I used to think that tweeting was just for fun. You really don’t have to think too hard and if you can learn all the abbreviations and other Twitter short-cuts, you can really pack a lot of thoughts (?) in those 140/280 characters. I never really thought you could become president of the United States by doing this? Well I guess I am wrong again. I suppose we have all been “trumped,” at least those of us who may have voted for another candidate in last year’s election. You know who you are.
Trump has used his Twitter account since March 2009. He has tweeted more than 36,000 times and has 41.7 million followers. Trump has credited his use of social media as among one of the main reasons he was elected. “You have to keep people interested also. You know, you have to keep people interested.” Twitter also serves as one of Trump’s main tools for deflecting criticisms and attacks. He has said, “When somebody says something about me, I am able to go bing, bing, bing, and I take care of it.” Trump’s Twitter account was deactivated for 11 minutes Thursday night by a company employee on his last day on the job. Maybe he/she was just trying to exert some type of “executive privilege.”
Or perhaps he/she was just trying to fact check some of Trump’s tweets, in which case the “fake facts” just overloaded the system.