Congressional Twitter Habits and Engagement

December 10, 2017

On Thursday, we unveiled our 2017 Congressional Social Media Report, highlighting trends, habits, and engagement of members of Congress on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. If you haven't had a chance to read the report, click here to download! Here's a look at some of our favorite insights on congressional Twitter engagement in 2017:

Four of the top ten most active senators on Twitter are also the most engaged.

Senators Murphy (D-CT), Casey (D-PA), Franken (D-MN), and Hatch (R-UT) all rank in the top 10 for most active and most engaged on Twitter in 2017. Among them, Murphy is the most engaged averaging 696 retweets per 100 followers. However, Senator Harris (D-CA) leads the Senate chamber with an average of 832 retweets per 100 followers.

Most Active Senators on Twitter.

Most Engaged Senators on Twitter.

Two of the top ten most active representatives on Twitter are also the most engaged.

Freshman Representatives Khanna (D-CA-17) and Raskin (D-MD-8) are the only two House members with the most tweets and the highest engagement. The top 10 most engaged representatives are all Democrats and four are from California. Ranking Member of the House Intelligence Committee Rep. Schiff (D-CA-28) is the most engaged representative on Twitter in 2017, averaging 852 retweets per 100 followers.

Most Active Representatives on Twitter.

Most Engaged Representatives on Twitter.

Members of Congress tweet the most at 1:00 pm, President Trump the most at 6:00 am.

Between the hours of 5:00 am and 8:00 am, President Trump tweeted near 1,000 times including 296 tweets during the hour of 6:00 am. Members of Congress, however, were most active between the hours of 12:00 pm and 2:00 pm —tweeting over 59,000 times collectively.

Which hours of the day do members of Congress tweet the most?

Which hours of the day does President Trump tweet the most?

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