Slugger O'Toole

Conversation, politics and stray insights

TDs that tweet – who, when and how

Tue 30 July 2013, 3:00pm

In an unexpected follow-up to last night’s post about tweeting MPs and MLAs

When they’re not in the Dáil or attending wake houses working on constituency issues, many TDs are busy twiddling their thumbs tweeting. Earlier today Eamonn Bell published an infographic that summarises the messaging habits of TDs.

Eamonn’s number crunching (at the bottom of the infographic) goes beyond mere adoption figures and points to how TDs are exploiting the service (levels of retweets and use of hashtags) and indicating moments when TDs have collectively gone into overdrive with their tweets (around the Protection of Life During Pregnancy Bill debates and the white smoke rising above the Sistine Chapel to announce the election of Pope Francis).

tdsthattweet_v1

As I suggested yesterday – and others backed up with their comments and tweets – the fact of a politician ‘having’ an account signifies very little about a politician’s intelligent use of Twitter. But Eamonn’s work is a good example of how large datasets can be brought to life to start to explore the stories they may contain.

Eamonn Bell’s infographic used under Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported licence.

Share 'TDs that tweet – who, when and how' on Delicious Share 'TDs that tweet – who, when and how' on Digg Share 'TDs that tweet – who, when and how' on Facebook Share 'TDs that tweet – who, when and how' on Google+ Share 'TDs that tweet – who, when and how' on LinkedIn Share 'TDs that tweet – who, when and how' on Pinterest Share 'TDs that tweet – who, when and how' on reddit Share 'TDs that tweet – who, when and how' on StumbleUpon Share 'TDs that tweet – who, when and how' on Twitter Share 'TDs that tweet – who, when and how' on Add to Bookmarks Share 'TDs that tweet – who, when and how' on Email Share 'TDs that tweet – who, when and how' on Print Friendly

Comments (1)

  1. John Ó Néill (profile) says:

    Someone ran some stats and blogged on the performance of candidates in #GE11 and suggested that a twitter account was worth a certain number of additional votes (250 sticks in my head). I can’t find it now to check it out, though.

    What do you think?
    (Log in or register to judge or mark as offensive)
    Commend 0

Leave a Reply

You must be logged in to post a comment.

Copyright © 2003 - 2014 Slugger O'Toole Ltd. All rights reserved.
Powered by WordPress; produced by Puffbox.
31 queries. 0.333 seconds.