Nearly 96 percent of the the United State’s 435 Congressmen and Congresswomen are on Twitter. Although the majority are on this 200+ million user microblogging social network, not every politician has developed an highly established following of Twitter users. We looked each representative’s Twitter presence and identified the nation’s top representatives on Twitter based on the total number of each politician’s followers and tweets sent (view full ranking methodology below).
The top ten Congressmen and Congresswomen in the nation are:
1. John Boehner (R) | District 8, Ohio
3. Eric Cantor (R) | District 7, Virginia
4. Darrell Issa (R) | District 49, California
5. Keith Ellison (D) | District 5, Minnesota
6. Michele Bachmann (R) | District 6, Minnesota
9. Kevin McCarthy (R) | District 23, California
10. Nancy Pelosi (D) | District 12, California
We ranked each representative in the nation based on total Twitter followers. We assigned a weight of 0.90 for each representative’s total followers’ ranking. Next, we ranked each representative in the nation based on total tweets sent. We then assigned a weight of 0.10 for each representative’s total tweets sent ranking. Finally, we combined the adjusted rankings to develop the final rankings as listed above.
Twitter image courtesy of Shawn Campbell.
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