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Jon Huntsman’s Very Good Twitter Day

Micah L. Sifry | August 19, 2011

It may not mean much for Jon Huntsman’s dark horse candidacy, but his tweet yesterday stating his belief in evolution and global warming science has earned a whopping 3,600 re-tweets. According to Adam Green of, that’s a new record for thee GOP field and tops Sarah Palin’s best tweet by more than 50%. Green writes:

What’s the value of a hot tweet and tons of retweets? It translates directly into new followers, and new followers are a chance for a candidate to reach more people with fundraising requests. Yesterday @JonHuntsman gained 4,275 followers. The only candidate to ever top that in a single day was Rick Perry on his announcement day. Huntsman managed to increase his total follower count by 32% with just 90 characters, making it the most effective tweet we’ve ever seen from a politician.

Who’s Talking About the Presidential Candidates On Twitter? And Why Should We Care?

Nick Judd | July 19, 2011

At our request, Twitter API consultant Adam Green mined the Twitter stream for mentions of Obama and the most likely candidates for the Republican presidential nomination, by name or by verified Twitter handle, over a 30-day period. The idea here was to help us get an idea of what groups of people were talking about each candidate on Twitter. To that end, we asked Green to show us the number of unique mentioners of each candidate who described themselves in their Twitter profiles with any of a list of political buzzwords — like “liberal,” “conservative,” “tea party,” “progressive,” “Christian,” and so on — based on the posts he pulled from the Twitter API for the 30-day period leading up to Friday, July 15. That data is available on Socrata for you to explore and play with, under the Open Database License. Please let us know what you do with it.

The Bachmann Announcement Bump, Twitter Edition

Nick Judd | June 28, 2011

On the day of his announcement, Romney, the former Massachusetts governor, gained 1,663 followers and 2,987 mentions. Bachmann, on the other hand, gained just 978 followers when she announced her bid for the Republican nomination, Green says.
But with well over 22,300 mentions, according to Green, she was certainly buzzworthy. Green follows each Republican presidential candidate’s footprint on Twitter at (This Green is not the other Adam Green, who runs the Progressive Change Campaign Committee.)

A Twitter Debate for Republicans Seeking Their Presidential Nomination: How Does That Work?

Nick Judd | June 28, 2011

On July 20, the Tea Party group will host an all-Twitter debate between six “major” candidates for the Republican nomination to seek the presidency, the organization’s media director, Dustin Stockton, told me yesterday. They’re doing it, he said, in part because they were approached by people who had the platform to host it: Andrew Hemingway, an online politics consultant, and Adam Green, a developer who builds solutions based on the Twitter API. Their website already tracks and sorts tweets related to Republican candidates for president.

The First-Ever Presidential Twitter Debate: How’d That Go?

Nick Judd | July 20, 2011

Maybe this wasn’t a shining example of social media’s ability to deliver substance with style, but it did bring candidates for president of the United States — Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, Rep. Michele Bachmann of Minnesota, Rep. Thaddeus McCotter of Michigan, former U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania, former New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson, and former Godfather’s Pizza CEO Herman Cain — into the same space, mentally if not physically, at the same time.

The event did offer an opportunity for Twitter users compare a few of the candidates to one another on some issues, like Libya: Cain and Bachmann say they would not have intervened, while Gingrich says he would not have sent “conventional forces,” if it had been his call.

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