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Americans Elect Twitter Network, December 19-26 2011: Who’s Talking to Who?

Click the image below to see detail of this network diagram of twitter posts mentioning Americans Elect from 12-19 to 12-26 2011. Ties between twitter accounts are either retweets of others’ posts or comments sent to others through the “mention” function. Core players are identified in the graph for the largest dozen network segments.

Tweets mentioning Americans Elect during the week of December 19-26 2011

Most twitter posts about Americans Elect are isolated: sent out without any reply. The accounts with the greatest centrality where twitter conversations occur are Americans Elect itself, Ben Smith of Politico, Michael Falcone of ABC News, Chris Cillizza of the Washington Post, Reid Wilson of Hotline, and Mother Jones. Where there’s chatter about Americans Elect on twitter, it’s being driven by traditional big-name media.

3 thoughts on “Americans Elect Twitter Network, December 19-26 2011: Who’s Talking to Who?”

  1. Peregrin Wood says:

    Far out! Interesting software, too.

    This sure indicates that Americans Elect is NOT working in a grassroots manner.

  2. thehipi says:

    Wow! You mean to say that larger, more mainstream outlets get more attention and retweets than regular joes? That’s clear proof that Americans Elect is a vast and awful conspiracy! Seriously -I don’t think there’s ever something wrong with a third party running a candidate for the party- that’s what democracy is about. You’re nipping at the imperfections of a good thing.

    1. Jim Cook says:

      Thanks for the snark, I respond sarcastically. (Can you say you’re being sarcastic and maintain sarcasm? Oh, bother.)

      As you can see here, the extent of media involvement in driving Twitter discussions is a variable, not a constant.

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