Bernie Sanders’s Twitter Breakdown
We analyzed the tweets and habits of legendary Bernie Sanders (@SenSanders) by analyzing the data looking for trends and insights. In total we examined the last 1000 tweets between July 16, 2018 and February 26, 2019. All times in this article are in Pacific Daylight Time.
The account dates all the way back to April 2009.
Most Liked and most retweeted Tweet
Remember: our "crazy idea" of universal health care is a reality in:— Bernie Sanders (@SenSanders) August 16, 2018
SenSanders’s top day to tweet is Monday and the most active hour is 9 a.m. For the period we examined, the busiest date was December 3, 2018, with a total of 46 tweets.
Analyzing all 1000 tweets, @SenSanders tweeted on average every 5.39 hours, impressive by any measure.
Looking back 30 days from the most recent tweet (dated Feb 26), we can generate a chart showing @SenSanders recent tweet frequency.
This re-tweet by Bernie Sanders was the most popular of all the retweets
Alec Smith died 3 days before his next paycheck, waiting to buy insulin.— Marissa D. Barrera (@mdb2) November 22, 2018
• He aged off his mom’s insurance
• His job didn’t offer coverage
• He got a promotion making $40k/yr, too much for ACA subsidies or pharma assistance programs
• The cash price of his insulin was $1,300 https://t.co/Sip7CjrB7p
Be a leader, not a follower
@SenSanders follows 2096 other users. Bernie Sanders is on the way to becoming a Twitter Legend, having amassed an amazing 8,182,235 followers. The most retweeted user was @SSWorks (14 times).
Let’s Play Tag
Top tags used by Bernie Sanders were #SandersSAIS (used 17 times), #ClimateTownHall (used 14 times) and #MedicareForAll which was detected 11 times.
Fairly Unscientific Insights
In this section we engage in total speculation about Bernie Sanders. Just for fun.
- Only missing 3 days over the past month, Bernie Sanders is using twitter almost daily.
- 4.55 percent of the 44 tags had a number of upper and lowercase inconsistencies.This is a very consistent tagger that takes great care to get things right.
- Approximately 89 percent of tweets are sent during the workweek (Mon to Fri). It seems Bernie Sanders favors weekdays slightly over weekends.
- If we assume each tweet takes thirty seconds to type and send on average, then we can calculate the time spent tweeting over a one-month period is 1 hour, 6 minutes (30 seconds times 30 days times 4.45 tweets per day). If we also assume that before the actual tweet takes place, two minutes of thought are spent in deep deliberation about how to phrase it and possibly locating the perfect image, then the total amount of time monthly spent tweeting and thinking about tweeting is 5 hours, 33 minutes.