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WaPo: Tweeting to @POTUS Gets You Entered Into WH Database

By    |   Wednesday, 20 May 2015 12:59 PM

While supporters are likely excited about the president's new venture into social media, it might be a bad idea to Tweet back at Barack Obama, The Washington Post reports.

Sending an online message to his new handle, @Potus, gets you and your handle archived into a White House database as the Secret Service monitors such correspondence for threats, the Post said.

Despite that concern, however, many have used the president's new Twitter feed to register both excitement and angst directed at the commander in chief.

Reported the Post's Caitlin Dewey in her "The Intersect" column:

"We counted nearly 500 tweets dropping f-bombs at POTUS in the past day."

According to the White House Online Privacy Policy, the Post reported, "On Twitter, the White House automatically archives 'tweets' from official White House accounts, 'direct messages' sent to or from official White House accounts, and 'mentions' (tweets from other users to official White House accounts) … "

Nonetheless, security fears didn't stop folks from following along after the president announced, after six years in office, that he was finally on Twitter.

According to Forbes, he gained 3,314 followers per minute, hitting the coveted 1 million followers mark in just five hours. By his second day on Twitter, he was closing in on 2 million followers, Forbes added.

Shortly after noon Wednesday, Obama hit 2.2 million as he engaged in a cute early Tweet off with former President Bill Clinton over ownership of the Twitter handle @POTUS.

Obama joked on Monday about his late arrival to social media in his first official Tweet: "Hello, Twitter! It's Barack. Really! Six years in, they're finally giving me my own account."

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