Donald Trump may be the first true president of the social media era. While Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram were around during Barack Obama‘s presidency, that wasn’t the case beforehand. Back in 2008, Facebook was still catching up to Myspace, Instagram didn’t even exist, and Twitter, Trump’s favorite social media outlet, was still in its infancy. There was no such thing as a politician with a Twitter handle.
It’s safe to say a lot has changed in the last eight years. In today’s world, some use Twitter as their primary news source. In 2017, our future president’s most direct line of communication with the American people is Twitter. Despite the company’s failing stock, it is this factor that will keep the social media platform relevant, or at least relevant for the next four years.
With all that said, in today’s world, being one of the mere 42 people that the leader of the free world follows does have a little bit of prestige to it, if you ask me. From politicians to family members to players on the PGA tour, these are the 42 people that the Donald Trump follows on Twitter.