@POTUS and the digital transition of power

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During his nearly eight years in office, President Obama has embraced social media accounts to engage with people from all over the world

But what happens to the White House's digital footprint when a new administration takes office?

Kori Schulman, White House deputy chief digital officer, laid out a three point digital transition plan - a White House first - on how every published tweet, post, snap and like, will be compiled and preserved for history.

For instance, the Twitter handle @POTUS will be made available to the 45th President of the United States on January 20, 2017.

The account will retain its more than 11 million followers, but start with no tweets on the timeline

@POTUS44, a newly created handle, will contain all of President Obama's tweets and will be accessible to the public on Twitter as an archive of President Obama's use of the account. The same goes for other Twitter handles, including @WhiteHouse, @FLOTUS, @PressSec and @VP.

On Instagram and Facebook, the incoming White House will gain access to the White House user name, URL, and retain the followers, but will start with no content on the timeline. An archive of White House content that was posted to the Obama White House Instagram and Facebook will continue to be accessible to the public at Instagram.com/ObamaWhiteHouse and Facebook.com/ObamaWhiteHouse

Facebook accounts for President Obama and the Vice President and the Instagram accounts belonging to the First Lady and Vice President will be moved to new "44" usernames

Schulman explained that the White House digital infrastructure is an asset not just for the next president but for all future presidents to build off of. She also notes that the archive belongs to the American people.

President-elect Donald Trump currently uses @realDonaldTrump as his Twitter handle, but has not yet revealed whether he will keep or delete that account or transition to @POTUS, come January 2017.