Let's face it, one of the best ways to follow US President Donald Trump's first 100 days in office has been through Twitter.
As Saturday's milestone approached, the social network compiled a list of Trump's most memorable tweets and moments since he took office on Jan. 20. The president still prefers using his @realDonaldTrump account instead the @POTUS handle he inherited from President Barack Obama. In more than 500 tweets since he took office, he's offered up political views and conspiracy theories, and even ripped his own Republican party.
"Trump still believes that Twitter is the best avenue in reaching his supporters, and he's not wrong," said Kellan Terry, a data analyst with Brandwatch, a social media analysis platform. "The zeal his base conjures on Twitter is still apparent, and the platform is still home to political and ideological mudslinging and debate."
The two most retweeted Trump posts, according to Twitter, were about protests in the days after the inauguration, and the New England Patriots winning the Super Bowl:
Of course, many of us also felt the need to retweet this early morning March 4 post, in which Trump accused Obama of ordering US spies to target his election campaign:
The claim and subsequent tweets were roundly shot down by FBI Director James Comey, who was asked about it while testifying under oath on Capitol Hill on March 20. "We have no information that supports those tweets," he said. Trump later said he based his claim on news reports.
Though some question whether Trump's Twitter use has been good for the country, it's been good for Twitter. CEO Jack Dorsey and other Twitter executives admitted this week that the president's presence has led to a slight spike in user growth.
"Any time we have any leader tweet, including Trump, there's a very interesting and thriving conversation," Dorsey told online site Backchannel. "A mixture of fact-checking, disagreement, agreement and some random things."
Then there were the tweetstorms. This one happened a day after a federal judge in Washington state suspended Trump's Jan. 27 executive order banning travel for refugees and citizens from seven Muslim-majority countries:
A federal appeals court would go on to stop the ban from being enforced. It was a victory of sorts for the tech industry, which filed a legal brief, signed by many of Silicon Valley's biggest companies, in support of a challenge to Trump's order.
Trump used Twitter to celebrate the confirmation of Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court seat left vacant after the death of Judge Antonin Scalia:
He also turned to the social network to issue a warning to North Korea as it continued to test-fire missiles:
And he scratched his itchy Twitter finger while taking shots at Democrats:
Here are Twitter's lists of the top-tweeted topics during Trump's first 100 days:
Top tweeted words:
- Fake News
Top tweeted @handles:
- @NYTimes & @foxandfriends tie
- @CNN & @POTUS tie
Top tweeted #hashtags:
- #MAGA [as in "make America great again"]
- #ICYMI [that is, "in case you missed it"]
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