A Who’s Who of Followers: The Politics of Twitter

A Who’s Who of Followers: The Politics of Twitter

Have you ever gone on Twitter and clicked on a celebrity to see who they follow? Just for fun, to see if you can pick anything up. Like when Los Angeles Lakers star basketball player Kobe Bryant unfollowed Dwight Howard, after Howard decided to leave the Lakers and sign with Houston instead – it might be telling, it might be meaningless. But it’s kind of fun.

Anyway, New York magazine decided to do this with Congressmen, and the results were pretty interesting. James Carroll of the Courier-Journal rounded them up, and Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul took the spot for fifth-most followers among Republicans in Congress.

Paul has 251,293 followers on Twitter – beaten only by Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin, Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, Speaker of the House John Boehner of Ohio, and Arizona Sen. John McCain (McCain is the only Congressman in either party with more than one million followers, at 1,818,400. The next closest is Boehner at 511,204).

The survey also looked at which accounts had the most-followed tweets, breaking it down into percentages. For Democrats, @whitehouse topped the list at 71 percent, with @housedemocrats and @NancyPelosi (the minority leader in the House) tied for second place at 68.2 percent.

That, of course, was not the same for Republicans. @SpeakerBoehner came in first at 88.7 percent, @GOPleader second at 85.8 percent, and @GOPconference 81.8 percent.

And as the Courier-Journal wrote:

“One of the things you will notice is that there is little overlap between the parties.

‘The takeaway, on Twitter as in life: The two parties don’t listen to each other very much,’ New York magazine wrote.”

As for Paul, his Twitter account is certainly active. He tweets generally coming at least multiple times per day, and lots of links to video or written content. Which explains why he has such a high number of followers: He’s a pretty good tweeter.

Are there any politicians that you think are worth following on Twitter? Let us know in the comments.

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