The real-time movements of Elon Musk’s jet prompted Jack Sweeney, a 20-year-old college student, to be suspended from Twitter.
Now, his eyes are set on another aircraft: Florida Governor Ron DeSantis’.
To track the movements of the official Florida jet that DeSantis uses for official business, Sweeney developed a new Twitter tracker on Monday under the handle @DeSantisJet.
This tracker uses open flight data required by aviation authorities, just like the one he created to track Musk’s private jet.
When he can identify them, Sweeney said in an interview with The Associated Press that he also intends to track DeSantis flights on other private aircraft.
The DeSantis Twitter tracker posts movements with a 24-hour delay, just like Sweeney’s updated version of his Musk tracker @elonjet.
This delay is caused by a modification to Twitter’s rules that was made soon after the company suspended Sweeney’s original Musk tracking account in December. Later, Sweeney’s Twitter profile was recovered.
Sweeney, a University of Central Florida student, keeps track of numerous other private planes used by politicians, business moguls, and celebrities, including Kim Kardashian, Taylor Swift, and former president Donald Trump.
Sweeney’s DeSantis tracker may be found on social media sites, from Facebook and Instagram to more niche ones like Telegram, Mastodon, and Nostr, just like other tracking accounts.
His Musk tracker also uses funds from the Trump-founded social network Truth and BlueSky, a young Twitter competitor.
The Florida Republican has long indicated that he is preparing to run for president in the 2024 race, where he would face off against Trump and several other declared contenders, according to Sweeney, who claimed that DeSantis is “just becoming someone that people want to know about.”
According to two persons knowledgeable of the decision, the AP reported on Tuesday that DeSantis intends to launch his presidential campaign in a Twitter Spaces chat with Musk on Wednesday.