We broke down Dick Durbin’s Twitter Habits

Weekday/hourly Twitter habits of @SenatorDurbin
Weekday/hourly Twitter habits of @SenatorDurbin

Dick Durbin’s Twitter Breakdown

We looked at the habits and tweets of popular Dick Durbin (@SenatorDurbin) by analyzing the data looking for trends and insights. In total we examined the last 600 tweets between September 23 and December 21. All times in this article are in Pacific Daylight Time.

The account dates back to February 2011.

Most Liked and most retweeted Tweet

The Hours

Dick Durbin’s top day to tweet is Tuesday and most active hour is 12 p.m. For the period we examined, the busiest date was Dec 18, with a total of 34 tweets.

Weekday/hourly Twitter habits of @SenatorDurbin
Weekday/hourly Twitter habits of @SenatorDurbin

Day of week chart for @SenatorDurbin
Day of week chart for @SenatorDurbin

Analyzing all 600 tweets, Dick Durbin tweeted on average every 3.57 hours, impressive by any measure. Sunday saw five percent or less of the action.

Looking back 30 days from the most recent tweet (dated Dec 21), we can generate a chart showing Dick Durbin’s recent tweet frequency.

@SenatorDurbin%27s Tweet Frequency
@SenatorDurbin’s Tweet Frequency

Most retweeted Tweet

Followers and Favorites

Dick Durbin follows 2420 other users, “so many friends, so little time”. Dick Durbin has become quite the Twitter celebrity with 572,744 followers. The most retweeted user was @SenateDems (5 times).

retweets by @SenatorDurbin
retweets by @SenatorDurbin


Top tags used by Dick Durbin were #FirstStepAct (used 40 times), #GetCovered (used 20 times) and #CJReform which was detected 19 times.

@SenatorDurbin%27s hashtag usage
@SenatorDurbin’s hashtag usage

Our Rather Unscientific Conclusions

Here we submit to total speculation about Dick Durbin. Just for fun.

  • Most tweets were sent during the workdays (92 percent), Monday to Friday, and just 7.83 percent on weekends. This is probably a work account.
  • If we assume each tweet takes 30 seconds to type and send on average, then we can calculate the time spent tweeting over a one-month period is 1 hour, 40 minutes (30 seconds times 30 days times 6.73 tweets per day). If we furthermore assume that before the actual tweet takes place, two minutes of thought are spent in thoughtful deliberation about how to phrase it and possibly finding an image, then the total amount of time per month spent tweeting and thinking about tweeting is 8 hours, 24 minutes.
  • 1.72 percent of the 58 tags had a number of upper and lowercase inconsistencies. This is a very consistent tagger that takes care to get things right.
  • @SenatorDurbin is on a streak and didn’t miss a single day of tweeting the past 30 days. That’s some serious Twitter Love.


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