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'The Hill' Most Read by Congress on Twitter

Saturday, 07 Sep 2013 11:25 AM

By Jim Meyers

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The Washington, D.C.-based news outlet The Hill is the source most followed on Twitter by members of Congress — Democrat and Republican alike.

New York Magazine's Daily Intelligencer, noting that 97 percent of members of Congress now have an official twitter presence, worked with Twiangulate to identify every congressional Twitter account, then analyzed which other accounts they follow most often.

At the head of the list of most followed news accounts are four Washington-based political outlets. The Hill's Twitter account leads the pack — 62.7 percent of members of Congress follow The Hill. Next most popular is Politico, at 61.2 percent, followed by CSPAN (61 percent), and Roll Call (59.9 percent)

The Hill is tops among both Democrats (55.4 percent) and Republicans (70.1 percent), and Politico, CSPAN, and Roll Call are in the top four among members of both parties. For Democrats, The New York Times' Twitter account is fifth (51.2 percent), and for Republicans, it's The Wall Street Journal (63.9 percent).

In addition to leading among news organizations, The Hill is the most followed Twitter account overall, outpacing all politicians including the president.

House Speaker John Boehner is the most followed Republican member of Congress (88.7 percent). Paul Ryan is followed by 77 percent of GOP members, and Eric Cantor by 71.9 percent.

Nancy Pelosi is followed by 68.2 percent of Democratic members, and Steny Hoyer by 67.8 percent. Interestingly, President Obama's personal account ranks only eighth among Democrats, followed by just 53.7 percent.

"Members of Congress overwhelmingly do not follow colleagues from the opposing party," Daily Intelligencer observed. "Republicans aren't too interested in what Democrats have to say, and vice versa."

Democrats and Republicans do agree on their favorite Twitter account in the Journalist/Pundit category — both cite Mike Allen of Politico as No. 1, with 57.7 of Republicans and 48.8 of Democrats following him.

Among all members of Congress, Al Franken follows the most Twitter accounts, 45,779, ahead of fellow Democrat Chuck Schumer, 27,595. Rep. Paul Ryan follows just one account, @NationalDebt.

Sen. John McCain leads by far when it comes to having the most followers — 1,818,400 in all. Speaker Boehner is far behind at 511,204, followed by Marco Rubio with 421,474. Nancy Pelosi is tops among Democrats with 374,967.

Democratic Rep. Joyce Beatty of Ohio has the fewest followers, just 199.

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