The Tweetsplainer: Welcoming Bill Clinton to Twitter

Welcome to Twitter, Bill Clinton! The nation’s 42nd president officially started tweeting last night as @billclinton. He’s been on Twitter since the beginning of the month, when Stephen Colbert took the liberty of creating Clinton’s account at @prezbillyjeff and sending out his first tweet. However, last night Clinton officially took control of his account, switched his handle, got verified and has sent out three tweets, at the time of this writing.

This is all very exciting, President Clinton! Next you can ditch that Yahoo email address and switch to this new thing called Gmail. Don’t stop thinking about tomorrow, Bill, am I right?

But the online world can be a very scary place, especially for an outsider. Twitter especially, where users can sometimes seem to speak in an entirely different language. There’s no need to be discouraged, though, because Celebuzz has put together a little tweetsplainer, if you will, to help you hit the ground running… 140 characters at a time. These are some things you might run into, and how to respond.


This stands for “follow Friday” and is the practice of recommending interesting or important people for others to follow on Twitter. As a former President of the United States, I would imagine that you qualify as both and will probably get plenty of #ff mentions tomorrow. All hail your Klout score.


This is another popular hashtag on Twitter and stands for “throwback Thursday,” in which Twitter users post old pictures of themselves each Thursday. As you will learn, Twitter is a very aliteration-friendly medium. If you’d like to participate in #tbt, might we suggest the photo on the right as your first entry.


It’s probably best that you don’t participate, but this is a game on Twitter in which adults choose one random teen on Twitter to follow and subsequently provide their followers with random updates about their teen’s life. “My teen is fighting with her bestie about homework,” for example. Why do you ask? First of all, this is the internet, President Clinton, and no one has to explain why anything here. Second of all, I don’t know, it’s funny?

If you’re looking for more information, BuzzFeed’s Katie Notopoulous explains the more specific rules of #followateen here.

‘Yo, Is a Picture of You?’ Direct Message

It’s not; don’t open it. Just don’t. No, someone is not sending you an old picture of you playing the saxophone on the Arsenio Hall Show. It’s spam and clicking the link attached to the direct message will hack your account and send the same message to everyone who follows you. As you’ve already amassed nearly 400,000 followers, this would be very annoying. And while we’re on the subject of direct messages…

You Can’t Send a Picture Via Direct Message!

You can’t. Seriously. It’s unclear why politicians sometimes think they can send pictures via direct message, but you cannot. Just ask Anthony Wiener. You’ve had some issues in the past, President Clinton, but it’s okay, we all forgave you. But messing up again might be the last straw. As President George W. Bush says, “fool me one, shame on you, fool me — you can’t get fooled again.” Or something like that.

Anyway, welcome to Twitter, President Clinton. We hope this was enough information to get you started.