US President Barack Obama, who signed up for his Twitter account (@POTUS) two days ago, has broken a Guinness World Record, he gained 1 million followers in less than 5 hours. Previously, this record was held by actor Robert Downey Jr., who hit 1 million in 23 hours and 22 minutes in April 2014.
The US President already has the account @BarackObama, which has nearly 60 million followers. However, this new @POTUS account is associated with the presidential office. In his tweet Obama puts it as, “The handle comes with the house.”
Hello, Twitter! It’s Barack. Really! Six years in, they’re finally giving me my own account.
— President Obama (@POTUS) May 18, 2015
As per White House Deputy Director of Online Engagement for the office of Digital Strategy, Alex Wall Blog Post, “The @POTUS Twitter account will serve as a new way for President Obama to engage directly with the American people, with tweets coming exclusively from him.”
Twitter’s official account for government and politics statistics has released an animated diagram showing that how Obama’s new account quickly assembled followers across the globe. To view the diagram, click here.