Trump's Twitter page in April 2009
There was also a shift in how often the President-elect tweeted. From May 2009 until the end of May 2011, Trump tweeted a little over 275 times.
He more than doubled that in the last six months of 2011, His Twitter output accelerated from nearly 150 tweets a year to more than 100 tweets a month.
In 2016, he averaged 375 tweets a month through the end of November, according to TrumpTwitterArchive.com, a searchable database dedicated to cataloguing all of Trump's tweets.
Tweets and retweetsTrump announced his candidacy for the president of the United States in on June 16, 2015. Ahead of his announcement, he retweeted more than a dozen tweets celebrating the idea of a Trump run.
Employing a now-outdated form of retweeting, which places quotes around the text you wish to share, Trump has manually retweeted other accounts roughly 10,000 times.
In 2015, staffers at Gawker Media created a bot that tweeted Benito Mussolini quotes and attributed them to Trump. In February, Trump retweeted the account.
In January, Trump retweeted Twitter user "WhiteGenocideTM," whose profile linked to website containing a pro-Adolf Hitler documentary, and whose Twitter feed "was largely a collection of retweets about violence allegedly committed by African-American suspects and anti-Arab posts," according to CNN.
He faced almost immediate backlash, but did not delete the tweet, which attacks former GOP rival Jeb Bush.
Less than a month later, Trump again retweeted "WhiteGenocideTM." The tweet read, "You always have the best crowds. #MakeAmericaGreatAgain," and was deleted two minutes later.
Trump recently retweeted several fans who were mocking CNN reporter Jeff Zeleny
Early in 2015, Trump was asked by a reporter whether he agrees with what he retweets.
"I do retweets, and I mean, to a certain extent, I do, yeah. I think that's right. Do you want me to say no? You know, I retweet, I retweet for a reason," he said.
Methods to his mediumBut Trump still prefers Tweets to more traditional media - he hasn't held a press conference since July 27. While he has only given a handful of interviews since being elected, he has tweeted over 130 times about topics ranging from the media to foreign policy to domestic affairs.
Indeed, Trump does favour tweets over contact with the press - a policy he tweeted out, of course
"If the press would cover me accurately & honorably," he tweeted on Monday, "I would have far less reason to 'Tweet'."
On the other hand, his tweets appear to be influenced by the media - his tweet that said flag-burners should be jailed came roughly 30 minutes after Fox News ran a story on flag burners.
And on Nov. 29 Trump tweeted that Green Party nominee Jill Stein's recount effort was a "scam," joined by "badly defeated" Democrats. The tweet, however, followed a Fox News segment reporting that the Clinton campaign would join the recount efforts in Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin.
Real-life impactAs the President-elect, Trump's tweets have added import.
On Tuesday, Trump criticized Boeing for the price tag associated with the manufacture of Air Force One, which he said would cost taxpayers $4 billion. The company saw a near immediate dent in their share prices, but recovered after Boeing revealed that they do not yet have the contract to build Air Force One. The company instead has a development deal with the government.
"We are currently under contract for $170 million to help determine the capabilities of these complex military aircraft that serve the unique requirements of the President of the United States," said Boeing spokesman Todd Belcher in a statement.
"We look forward to working with the U.S. Air Force on subsequent phases of the program allowing us to deliver the best planes for the President at the best value for the American taxpayer."
It took six years once inaugurated for Obama to give up his Blackberry. According to senior advisor Kellyanne Conway, who spoke during in an interview with Jake Tapper, it is still undecided whether Trump will continue to have personal access to his Twitter account when he assumes office.
Didn't he nearly crucify Hillary for using a public server ?? Well, he uses Twitter as his forum for all his personal attacks on citizens and even to disclose his future plans and reveal future policies. He uses Twitter to make dramatic promises and later renege on them. And he uses the medium to malign the press for telling it like they see it, the intelligence agencies of the US for telling the truth and pretty much any person or organization who has the temerity to disagree with him. I think his use of Twitter ranks up there with Hillary's emails.