Angry Tweets and Interest Groups
Twitter is where much of the communication concerning politics happens. But little research has been done into which tweets are most successful at getting likes, retweets, and replies. Through a content analysis of more than 2,000 tweets from two pairs of diametrically opposed interest groups, this research aims to answer if tweets that include argumentative, or disagreeable, language receive more likes, retweets, and replies than tweets without argumentative language. The tweets were collected over a two-month period leading up to the 2018 Midterm elections, which includes the Brett Kavanaugh confirmation hearings. The statistically significant data suggest that tweets with argumentative language do receive more public feedback than tweets without it.
Daniel R. Birdsong
Primary Advisor's Department
Stander Symposium Posters, College of Arts and Sciences
"Angry Tweets and Interest Groups" (2020). Stander Symposium Projects. 2020.