MPs on Twitter

May 13th, 2014 at 7:00 am by David Farrar

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These stats for were collacted by Brand Gauge, a social media metrics site and tool.

No surprise the PM has the most followers. Interesting that David Shearer still has more followers than David Cunliffe.

The top tweeters are Tau Henare, then Clare Curran and Trevor Mallard. Gareth Hughes and Kevin Haguge are also above the 10,000 mark.

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26 Responses to “MPs on Twitter”

  1. duggledog (1,439 comments) says:

    Tweeting is for twits.

    Incidentally a twit is a pregnant goldfish

    Incidentally look at Gareth’s number of tweets compared to the PM’s. He would say it’s being Connected In A Modern World, however I think the old adage ‘those who talk the most do it the least’ is more appropriate

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  2. EAD (847 comments) says:

    I wonder if, when Guttenburg invented the printing press, he ever envisioned leaders of the “free” world being reduced to sending 140 word “tweets” and using hashtags just in case those reading we’re so thick as to not understand what message was being communicated.

    We have truly come full circle.

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  3. OneTrack (2,847 comments) says:

    Obviously Tau Henare, Clare Curran, Trevor Mallard. Gareth Hughes and Kevin Hague have lots of free time and have nothing better to do. How do I get a well paid job like that?

    #troughers

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  4. EAD (847 comments) says:

    1940:
    “We shall go on to the end. We shall fight in France, we shall fight on the seas and oceans, we shall fight with growing confidence and growing strength in the air, we shall defend our island, whatever the cost may be. We shall fight on the beaches, we shall fight on the landing grounds, we shall fight in the fields and in the streets, we shall fight in the hills; we shall never surrender”

    2014:
    “Fight the Germans wherever you find them and don’t give up” #notoNazis, #courage

    NB: “we’re” should’ve read “were” in my 7.08am……

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  5. Manolo (13,517 comments) says:

    The banality of modern day politics in NZ.

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  6. Pete George (23,359 comments) says:

    Quantity doesn’t guarantee quality.

    Most ministers shouldn’t have much time for it but opposition MPs and backbench Government MPs should be making use of Twitter to engage with people. Some do it well, others do more damage than good.

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  7. igm (1,413 comments) says:

    Is that what “Tojo” was doing, whilst pretending to be a RSA supporter, at an Anzac Day service he insulted with his pathetic presence They tell me he is now claiming his father was a an astronaut . . . that is for this week!

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  8. m@tt (613 comments) says:

    John might want to check the authenticity of his followers before someone makes a meal out of this story:
    https://www.twitteraudit.com/JohnKeypm

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  9. Psycho Milt (2,369 comments) says:

    I feel kind of embarrassed for the country that there are over 100,000 of us who’ve voluntarily signed up to read whatever
    Key’s office assigns the designated staff member to tweet. Still, it’s nice to see that the PM’s view of Twitter users as “trolls and bottom feeders” is based on having 100,000+ of them as followers…

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  10. tom hunter (4,576 comments) says:

    I’m afraid that we will just have to get used to it, as the following article in Reason explains, Reality Show President: Inside the White House PR Machine:

    All over the world, heads of state are producing idealized versions of their own identities on social media, a technology that empowers leaders every bit as much as the rest of us. Heads of state and politicians are increasingly free to project their own self-image directly to the public, with less accountability than ever from an independent press.

    From the White House on YouTube to Ten Downing Street on Flickr to Bashar al-Assad’s Instagram page, we may never see our politicians in the way that we did just a few years ago.

    Assad has an Instagram page? What about Facebook and LinkedIn?

    Anyway, there’s a good video (12 minutes long) that goes with the article.

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  11. toad (3,674 comments) says:

    Huh? Why would 322 people follow an MP who has never tweeted?

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  12. jcuk (639 comments) says:

    I have lots of followers but I never acknowledge them and thankfully I am not a politician :)

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  13. peterwn (3,216 comments) says:

    One of the most famous ‘tweets’ must be ‘England expects every man will do his duty’. The length would be governed by the number of available flags and the mast space available. The signals midshipman was expected to know the nearly 1000 numeric flag codes off by heart.

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  14. mandk (893 comments) says:

    I don’t use twitter, but I wonder whether the sum of all this tweeting is any more intelligible than the cacophony made by the thousands of starlings that roost in the trees on Lambton Quay every night.

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  15. Paulus (2,568 comments) says:

    peterwn

    Didn’t Cunliffe invent that tweet statement ?

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  16. davidp (3,561 comments) says:

    m@tt>John might want to check the authenticity of his followers before someone makes a meal out of this story:

    The audit tool uses criteria like number of tweets to determine if a follower is a fake or not. I follow a lot of people, but hardly ever tweet because I don’t really have much to say. It’s like reading a newspaper versus writing a letter to the editor. So I suspect I’m one of Key’s “fake” followers. I’m not.

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  17. itstricky (1,703 comments) says:

    Two hours for this post plenty of mention of Labour but none of Collins. Ho ho ho things are jolly in the one-eye camp.

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  18. m@tt (613 comments) says:

    davidp. Absolutely, I am one of the fakes as well, but since when have facts had anything to do with making a story out of nothing? Better to not give the ammunition I would have thought.

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  19. dime (9,690 comments) says:

    “using hashtags just in case those reading we’re so thick as to not understand what message was being communicated.”

    you know hashtags serve a purpose other than that right?

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  20. David Garrett (6,788 comments) says:

    EAD & Manolo: Well said…utter banality. (Only took 34 characters)

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  21. Ryan Sproull (7,078 comments) says:

    Kiwiblog comment regulars complaining about the banality and pointlessness of a digital comms medium. #defineirony

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  22. David Garrett (6,788 comments) says:

    Just had shower…Very hot! No shampoo.Bugger!

    #formerpoli

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  23. Judith (8,467 comments) says:

    A guiding list for who not to vote for, if nothing else!

    Insults are far more effective when hand written. Some how words on a screen lose something – perhaps too common in today’s environment – people find them less intensive for some reason.

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  24. David Garrett (6,788 comments) says:

    Writing piece for Wishart. Lovely day outside. Words only coming slowly…boohoo.

    #formerpoli

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  25. Chthoniid (2,029 comments) says:

    Fascinating

    I have over 17,000 followers.

    Perhaps it is time to launch a coup on all the other political parties.

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  26. Steve (North Shore) (4,525 comments) says:

    Come on Trevor, up your game – Tau is beating you.
    Shame man, shame

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