According to foreign media reports, A new study released today by the Pew Research Center explores the different ways Democrats and Republicans use Twitter. According to data collected from November 11,2019 to September 14,2020, the study found that members of both parties tweeted fairly low frequency, but most of the most active users in the Twitter tended to the left.
The data show that during the study period, the most active 10% of users generated 92% of US adults' tweets. Of these highly active users, 69% thought they were Democrats or independents who preferred the Democrats.
In addition, the most active 10% of Democrats post 157 tweets a month, about twice as many as the most active Republicans (79).
However, these highly active users do not represent tweets from most Twitter users. According to the pew research center, most Twitter users rarely post, regardless of party affiliation.
During the study, on average, only one tweet per American adult was sent every month. The Democratic median is once a month, while the Republicans are even less.
Typical adults also have very few followers, with a median of 32 in the Democratic Party and 21 in the Republican Party. However, Democrats tend to focus more on the number of accounts than Republicans, 126 and 71, respectively.
The new study also examines other differences in the use of these platforms by members of both parties - in addition to tweeting frequency.
First, the survey found that 60% of Democrats on twitter say they are very or somewhat liberal, compared with 43% of Republicans who don't use Twitter. The proportion of self identified conservatives on Twitter is closer to that of non twitter conservatives, 60% and 62% respectively.
Pew also found that the two Twitter accounts most watched by American adults were former President Barack Obama (@ BarackObama) and President Donald Trump (@ RealDonaldTrump).
Unsurprisingly, more Democrats are following Obama - 42% of Democrats and 12% of Republicans. Meanwhile, 35% of Republicans and 13% of Democrats followed trump.
Another area of new research by the Pew Research Center is the use of labels on Twitter by both parties.
The study found that no topic label was used by more than 5% of American adults during the study period. But when using # BlackLivesMatter this topic label, the difference is even greater. Four percent of Democrats use the label on Twitter, compared with just one percent of Republicans.
Other commonly used labels used by both parties include # covid10、#coronavirus、@mytwitteranniversary、#newprofilepic、#sweepstakes、#contest and # giveaway.
Equally worrying, labels are used only in a handful of tweets. Although the use of tags is somewhat less popular, the idea of tag features is to help users quickly enter global conversations around a given topic. But the decline in user acceptance suggests that fewer tweets can now connect users to extended view arrays.