Elite Tweets: Analysing the Twitter Communication Patterns of Labour Party Peers in the House of Lords.

Lilleker, D., Adi, A. and Erickson, K., 2014. Elite Tweets: Analysing the Twitter Communication Patterns of Labour Party Peers in the House of Lords. In: IAMCR 2013: Crises, ‘Creative Destruction’ and the Global Power and Communication Orders, 25--29 June 2013, Dublin. (Unpublished)

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The micro-blogging platform Twitter has gained notoriety for its status as both a communication channel between private individuals, and as a public forum monitored by journalists, the public, and the state. Its potential application for political communication has not gone unnoticed; politicians have used Twitter to attract voters, interact with constituencies and advance issue-based campaigns. This article reports on the preliminary results of the research team’s work with 21 peers sitting on the Labour frontbench. It is based on the monitoring and archival of the peers’ activity on Twitter for a period of 100 days from 16th May to 28th September 2012. Using a sample of more than 4,363 tweets and a mixed methodology combining semantic analysis, social network analysis and quantitative analysis, this paper explores the peers’ patterns of usage and communication on Twitter. Key findings are that as a tweeting community their behavior is consistent with others, however there is evidence that a coherent strategy is lacking. Labour peers tend to work in ego networks of self-interest as opposed to working together to promote party policy

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