Social Media as a Communication Tool in Congress: Evaluating Senate Usage of Twitter in the 113th Congress

22 Pages Posted: 18 Aug 2014

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Jacob Straus

Government of the United States of America - Congressional Research Service

Raymond Williams

University of Maryland

Colleen Shogan

Government of the United States of America - Congressional Research Service

Matthew Glassman

Congressional Research Service

Date Written: 2014

Abstract

In January 2013, Twitter reported that all 100 Senators had adopted Twitter. Just because a Senator adopts Twitter, however, does not guarantee that he or she is using it. This study seeks to understand why some Senators choose to use Twitter more frequently than others. Building on past research which explored the causal factors leading to early congressional adoption, we theorize about why some Senators choose to use Twitter frequently in their daily communication strategies. We conduct a statistical analysis of Twitter frequency by examining characteristics that may determine whether a Senator routinely engages in this form of social media. Analyzing the characteristics of “power users” is critical since it may provide important insights concerning the value of social media to elected officials.

Keywords: Congress, Senate, social media, twitter

Suggested Citation

Straus, Jacob and Williams, Raymond and Shogan, Colleen and Glassman, Matthew, Social Media as a Communication Tool in Congress: Evaluating Senate Usage of Twitter in the 113th Congress (2014). APSA 2014 Annual Meeting Paper, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2452781

Jacob Straus (Contact Author)

Government of the United States of America - Congressional Research Service ( email )

Raymond Williams

University of Maryland

College Park
College Park, MD 20742
United States

Colleen Shogan

Government of the United States of America - Congressional Research Service ( email )

Washington, DC 20540
United States

Matthew Glassman

Congressional Research Service ( email )

Washington, DC 20540
United States

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