Donald Trump’s new blog lasted less than a month

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Donald Trump’s “communications platform” — often known as a internet log or “blog” — will be a part of the Trump Steaks, Trump Airlines, Trump Magazine, Trump Vodka, and Trump 2020 on the checklist of Trump-branded flops.

“From the Desk of Donald J. Trump,” a part of Trump’s web site, launched final month and featured tweet-style posts from the previous president — which he may now not place on the precise social media websites he used to dominate as a result of he was banned from them. But now, similar to his social media accounts, “From the Desk of Donald J. Trump” isn’t any extra.

The short-lived website was a letdown from the beginning. For months, Trump’s staff mentioned that Trump would launch his personal social media platform after being kicked off Twitter and Facebook. But when “From the Desk of Donald J. Trump” went reside on May 4, it was not the Twitter competitor some anticipated, however slightly a part of his web site that mainly functioned as a blog.

Trump posted his ideas about present occasions, and followers may then share them on their very own social media accounts. There was additionally a “heart” choice with restricted performance. Initially, it didn’t work in any respect, after which it didn’t enable individuals who hearted a put up to un-heart it — however there was no method for the viewer to see what number of others had additionally hearted the put up.

And now, there will probably be no hearts in any respect, for the blog has been shuttered and wiped from the web. The blog web page now redirects to a web page urging guests to sign-up for “EXCLUSIVE updates” from Trump through e-mail and cellphone (it’s necessary to offer each — these are contact data harvesting operations, in spite of everything).

Trump adviser Jason Miller confirmed to CNBC that the blog part of the positioning is certainly gone and received’t be again, then hinted on Twitter that Trump will probably be becoming a member of one other social media platform — with out specifying which one.

As for why Trump’s digital desk disappeared, the Washington Post famous that it by no means actually caught on — it definitely didn’t get practically the type of consideration Trump’s social media posts did — and that Trump was upset about its low readership and excessive variety of folks mocking it. As many bloggers nicely know and Trump apparently simply found, running a blog is difficult and it may possibly take time to search out an viewers.

As famous above, the Trump staff continues to be insisting that he’ll both create his personal social media platform or be a part of one other one (thus far, he has resisted utilizing Gab or Parler, both of which might be pleased to have him). If that’s true, we’ll see if that foray lasts longer than his month of blog posts did.

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