The Election on Twitter

Nov 1, 2010

In what seems to have become an expectation during all major events, a Twitter tracker from the New York Times shows you what candidates are getting the most and least buzz. Each circle represents tweets from a candidate, retweets, and tweets direct at, colored appropriately by party. Press play and they grow and shrink over time. Select a specific candidate(s) to see the specific breakdowns.

4 Comments

  • Gerard St. Croix November 1, 2010 at 2:20 am

    So what does the dot x- and y-position mean? Is is an attempt at crude geographical mapping? Ideology mapping across two parameters? Something else?

  • Remember, though, that Twitter users skew to an older population, which tends to vote more often. It “might” be interesting to do a post-election correlation to see if Twitter is a good predictive metric.

  • I’m not sure if I get this exactly – just because someone is tweeted about doesn’t mean that is good or bad or that someone will be voting for the person – they might be getting a lot of flack or ridicule via Twitter – or conversely they might be getting positive feedback or mentions – this isn’t tracking that from what I can tell. So great big circles may not be a good thing – of course there is that sentiment that any publicity is good publicity – but well, that remains to be seen- I think a few candidates have proven that to be a fallacy.

    • @Pam – Right, and good point. I think that’s how it’s meant to be read. it’s a way to see who’s being talked about on twitter, and from there you can look deeper through the links to google news.

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