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President Barack Obama tweets during a "Twitter Town Hall" in the East Room of the White House in Washington, Wednesday, July 6, 2011. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

The most important question of the election: What happens to Obama's Twitter account?


With all of the tension and uncertainty in this election, at least we finally have an answer to this question: What happens to the @POTUS Twitter account when President Obama steps down?

The White House announced its "Digital Transition Plan" on Monday, and Twitter was one of the key points of its strategy. Whoever wins the election will be given the @POTUS handle, but all of the previous tweets will be removed.

Meanwhile, @POTUS44 has been reserved for Obama, and all his tweets will be transferred there.

What about Michelle Obama? Or Joe Biden?

They're all getting new handles too. @FLOTUS, @WhiteHouse and @VP will all be wiped clean and given to the newcomers to their positions. 

The new administration will get similar treatment for the Facebook, Youtube and Instagram accounts -- the accounts will stay the same, but the predecessors' work will be wiped out and made available at a new URL. 

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The National Archives in Washington, Wednesday, March 19, 2008, where the Archives released more than 11,000 pages from Hillary Rodham Clinton's schedule as first lady. Rival Barack Obama and Republicans have pressed the Clinton's to disclose documents from his eight years in White House . (AP Photo/Lauren Victoria Burke)

What about photos and videos?

That will be preserved by the National Archives and Records Administration.

While much of the digital transition is unprecedented in the United States, the peaceful transition of power is not.
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The White House also said it's committed to making social media content available to download in a .zip file.

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