President Barack Obama Breaks Twitter World Record by Getting 1 Million Followers in Just 5 Hours

President Barack Obama Breaks Twitter World Record by Getting 1 Million Followers in Just 5 Hours

President Barack Obama

It’s been just 3 days since POTUS Barack Obama joined Twitter and he has already broken the world record. According to Guinness World Records, President Barack Obama “shattered the record for fastest time to reach one million followers on Twitter, after his new verified account @POTUS reached the figure in less than five hours”. This is a phenomenal achievement which once again goes on to prove that “nothing is impossible” for the President of the United States of America.

President Obama - @POTUS

As of now, the President has 2.27 million followers and has made 4 tweets. What’s interesting is that he has followed 65 people, and this must have gotten the public pretty excited because if the President himself is following someone, then he / she must be really special and highly respected. While everyone is getting so hyped up about his profile, this is not the first time that he has tried out social networking.

Recent screenshot of President Obama’s new twitter handle

Recent screenshot of President Obama’s new twitter handle. (Source:

President Obama already has the account @BarackObama, which has amassed nearly 60 million followers. However, the new @POTUS account is associated with the presidential office – or as Obama puts it: “The handle comes with the house.” It seems that the President is genuinely trying to reach out to people and connecting with them on a much more personal level than ever before. The @BarackObama is handled by staffers, so there is not a lot of personal touch to the tweets. However, the President himself will be tweeting exclusively from the @POTUS handle. Now that’s what I call a smart approach.

Since the creation of his handle, he has made 3 more tweets related to his visit to Camden (NJ), his commencement speech for the Coast Guard class of 2015, and interesting a reply (in good humour of course) to Bill Clinton’s tongue-in-cheek tweet on Monday welcoming him to the service. “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,” wrote the White House Deputy Director of Online Engagement for the Office of Digital Strategy, Alex Wall, in a blog post.

Bill Clinton asking question to President Obama

The record for the fastest time to get a million followers was held by none other than our very own “Iron Man”, Mr. Robert Downey Jr. He managed to reach this milestone in 23 hours and 22 minutes back in April 2014. He had joined twitter with a simple tweet stating “Talk to me Twitter” and what followed is known to everyone. Robert may be a popular star, but when it comes to popularity, who can beat the POTUS!

Guinness World Records

(Source: Guinness World Records)

President Obama has just started out and it seems that there are quite a few records to be broken in the social networking domain. It would definitely be interesting to see how the public reacts to exclusive tweets by the President himself. Do you want to see how he shared his first tweet from the @POTUS handle? Click here to find out.

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