Bernie Sanders’s Twitter Breakdown

Bernie Sanders’s Twitter Breakdown

We looked at the habits and tweets of Bernie Sanders (@SenSanders) by analyzing the data looking for trends and insights. In total we examined the last 600 tweets between April 3 and August 11. All times in this article are in Pacific Daylight Time.

The account dates all the way back to April 2009. Bernie Sanders himself of course dates back to 1941.

Most Liked and most retweeted Tweet

The Hours

Bernie Sanders’s top day to tweet is Monday and his most active hour is 12 p.m. For the period we examined, the busiest date was Jul 16, with a total of 57 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 600 tweets, Bernie Sanders tweeted on average every 5.19 hours, impressive by any measure. Sunday and Saturday each had five percent or less of the action.

Looking back 30 days from the most recent tweet (from Aug 11), we can generate this chart showing his recent tweet frequency.

@SenSanders's Tweet Frequency
@SenSanders’s Tweet Frequency
Most retweeted Tweet

Followers and Favorites

Bernie Sanders follows 2081 other users, “so many friends, so little time”. The most retweeted user was @@fightfor15 (13 times).

retweets by @SenSanders
retweets by @SenSanders

Let’s Play Tag

Top tags used by Bernie Sanders were #CEOsvsWORKERS (used 19 times), #BernieTownHall (used ten times) and #NetNeutrality which was detected seven times.

@SenSanders's hashtag usage
@SenSanders’s hashtag usage

Our Rather Unscientific Conclusions

In this section we engage in total speculation about Bernard. Just for fun.

  • Most tweets were sent during the workdays (93 percent), Monday to Friday, and just 7.00 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, 9 minutes (30 seconds times 30 days times 4.63 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 5 hours, 46 minutes.
  • 6.25 percent of the 32 tags had a number of upper and lowercase inconsistencies. This indicates that @SenSanders is mostly consistent, but perhaps sometimes in too much of a hurry to enter the tags correctly.
  • Only missing 4 days over the past month, @SenSanders is using twitter almost daily.


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