The President's new account is as personal as anything named after an office can be — @potus, an acronym for President of the United States. But it's an account that will have tweets posted exclusively by the President, which is different than the long-running, team run, @BarackObama account. The interesting thing for all of us here, of course, isn't so much the first tweet as the first Twitter client: Twitter for iPhone.
Hello, Twitter! It's Barack. Really! Six years in, they're finally giving me my own account.Hello, Twitter! It's Barack. Really! Six years in, they're finally giving me my own account.— President Obama (@POTUS) May 18, 2015May 18, 2015
It's not the first cultural milestone for the iPhone and it certainly won't be the last. But it's a big one. It helps highlight the profound change that's happened not only in governments but by people in government. Not so long ago, anyone in office would have been consigned have been consigned to a monstrous mobile device ill-suited for anything beyond arduous text entry and stripped down web browsing.
And now the President of the United States is tweeting from his iPhone.
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Rene Ritchie is one of the most respected Apple analysts in the business, reaching a combined audience of over 40 million readers a month. His YouTube channel, Vector, has over 90 thousand subscribers and 14 million views and his podcasts, including Debug, have been downloaded over 20 million times. He also regularly co-hosts MacBreak Weekly for the TWiT network and co-hosted CES Live! and Talk Mobile. Based in Montreal, Rene is a former director of product marketing, web developer, and graphic designer. He's authored several books and appeared on numerous television and radio segments to discuss Apple and the technology industry. When not working, he likes to cook, grapple, and spend time with his friends and family.