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If you Tweet in the woods, can anyone hear it?

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There's so much fuss about President-elect Donald John Trump and his use of Twitter that an ongoing investigation is clearly warranted.

He has almost 19 million Twitter followers. For reference, there are about 318 million people in America and 7 billion people in the world. About 317 million people worldwide use Twitter, and there are 1.3 billion registered Twitter users.

We're still just getting a taste of the havoc he's capable of wreaking with Twitter, and it's likely to get worse. One obvious question: Who does Potus-elect DJT follow on Twitter?

Here's who, all 42, the complete list in their own words, direct from their Twitter profiles:

Reince Priebus - Chairman, Republican National Committee; Incoming White House Chief of Staff for Trump.

Roma Downey - Exec. Producer of The Bible, Answered Prayers, A. D., The Dovekeepers, Son of God, Woodlawn, Little Boy and Ben Hur / Star of TBAA.

Trump Organization - The official Twitter page of The Trump Organization. The most globally recognized brand in luxury real estate, golf, hospitality, and entertainment.

Trump Golf - Official Twitter page of the most globally recognized brand in luxury golf. We invite you to explore our 18 championship courses worldwide.

Tiffany Trump

Laura Ingraham - Mom, Editor-in-Chief of LifeZette. Host, The Laura Ingraham Show. Fox News.

Mike Pence - Indiana Governor Mike Pence, Vice President-elect of the United States.

Official Team Trump - Welcome To The Official #TeamTrumpAccount. Together, We WILL #MakeAmericaGreatAgain!

Drudge Report - The DRUDGE REPORT is a U.S. based news aggregation website run by Matt Drudge.

Vanessa Trump - I'm a Mother of 5 amazing kids. My children are my life!

Lara Trump - NC girl in NYC

Sean Hannity - TV Host Fox News Channel 10 PM. Nationally Syndicated Radio Host.

Fox Nation - Join the community that believes in the American dream.

Corey R. Lewandowski - TV Commentator and former Campaign Manager for Donald J. Trump for President.

Ann Coulter - Author - follow me on #Facebook! Disregard my earlier claims that I'd never be on Facebook.

Diamond and Silk - President Trump's Biggest Supporters. Biological Sisters. Vloggers, Public Figures & Speakers. Internet, Radio & TV Personality.

Katrina Campins - Real Estate Mogul/TV Personality over $750 Million SOLD! 1st Season: Trump's "The Apprentice" + E! Hot Listings Miami + Fox News + Donald Trump's Surrogate

Katrina Pierson - Senior Advisor @Transition2017 & Former @realDonaldTrump Natl Campaign Spokeswoman #MakeAmericaGreatAgain

Michael Cohen - The Trump Organization EVP and Special Counsel to Donald J. Trump.

FOX & friends - America's #1 cable morning news show.

Melania Trump - The official profile for Melania Trump.

Geraldo Rivera - loving husband and dad, loyal friend, fierce enemy, patriot, kick ass reporter, proud JewRican.

Eric Bolling - @FoxNews #TheFive #Cashinin.

Mark Burnett - Official Mark Burnett Twitter Page - Taking you backstage and behind the scenes of some of the biggest hits on TV.

Gary Player - The Black Knight, Grand Slam Golfer, Philanthropist, Father, Golf Course Designer & Fitness Fanatic. I'm old, get over it.

Vince McMahon - Vince McMahon, Chairman & CEO of WWE, Inc., is a third generation promoter who has made WWE into the global phenomenon it is today.

Dan Scavino Jr - Assistant to the President & First Director of Social Media @POTUS@WhiteHouse.

Trump Waikiki - The next generation of luxury hotels in Waikiki and the only Forbes Five-Star Hotel on the island of Oahu.

Trump National Doral - Trump National Doral Miami, home to the World Golf Championships - Cadillac Championship.

Trump Charlotte - The Official Twitter page of Trump National Golf Club Charlotte. A fully-private golf course and clubhouse with incredible views of Lake Norman.

Trump Vegas Hotel - The next generation of luxury hotel in Las Vegas.

Trump Hotel Chicago - Your time away is precious. Never settle.

Trump Washington DC - The Official Twitter page of Trump National Golf Club Washington D.C. Private Country Club with two Championship-style courses.

Trump Los Angeles - The Official Twitter page of Trump National Golf Club Los Angeles. World-class golf, dining, weddings, banquets & spectacular views of the Pacific Ocean.

Eric Trump - EVP of Development & Acquisitions, The @Trump Organization. Founder of @EricTrumpFDN benefiting @StJudeChildren's Research Hospital.

Mika Brzezinski -Somehow raising my two children while balancing my third child - my job! Author of NYT bestseller Knowing Your Value and Grow Your Value.

Joe Scarborough - don't think twice, it's all right.

Bill O'Reilly - Host of The O'Reilly Factor on the Fox News Channel. Tweets from Bill are signed -BO'R.

Greta Van Susteren - Retweets are just retweets; RT does not mean I agree or disagree....I am merely retweeting.

Piers Morgan - 'One day you're the cock of the walk, the next a feather duster.'

Donald Trump Jr. - EVP of Development & Acquisitions Trump Organization and Boardroom Advisor on the Apprentice.

Ivanka Trump - Wife, mother, entrepreneur. EVP, Trump Org. Founder, IvankaTrump.com. Author, Women Who Work: Rewriting the Rules for Success (out in March)

Fascinating, isn't it? The official Trump "Twitter Circle."

What does this tell us about POTUS-elect Donald John Trump? Does he actually read the Tweets of those he follows? Should all of us "Dishonest Media" reporters be following his followers to see what they're Tweeting? What if a Trump followee Tweets something that threatens national security, displays a clear conflict of interest or merits further investigation? Is DJT's "Twitter Circle" subject to a different set of rules because Trump follows them?

In order to better serve you journalistically in 2017, I will establish The Sumter Item's "Trump Tweet Beat" in an attempt to decipher the modern Tower of Babel that is our world.

You're welcome. Now Tweet this.

Graham Osteen is Editor-At-Large of The Sumter Item. He can be reached at graham@theitem.com. Follow him on Twitter @GrahamOsteen, or visit www.grahamosteen.com.