We Analyzed Bernie Sanders’s Tweeting Usage

Weekday/Hourly chart of @SenSanders
Weekday/Hourly chart of @SenSanders

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

Weekly Habits

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.

Weekday/hourly Twitter habits of @SenSanders
Weekday/hourly Twitter habits of @SenSanders

Day of week chart for @SenSanders
Day of week chart for @SenSanders

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.

@SenSanders%27s Tweet Frequency
@SenSanders’s Tweet Frequency

This re-tweet by Bernie Sanders was the most popular of all the retweets

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).

retweets by @SenSanders
retweets by @SenSanders

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.

@SenSanders%27s hashtag usage
@SenSanders’s hashtag usage

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.


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