Twitter use by three political leaders: An exploratory analysis

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Abstract

Purpose - This study aims to understand how three political leaders - the Prime Minister of Israel, Benjamin Netanyahu; the Prime Minister of Britain, David Cameron; and the President of the United States of America, Barack Obama - communicate through Twitter. Design/methodology/approach - This paper presents an analysis of tweets produced between August and October 2010 by three political leaders, using statistical descriptive analysis and content analysis. Findings - The research shows that the US President tweets more than the other leaders, with the British Prime Minister tweeting the least, and that all three leaders use Twitter for both transparency and outreach. Originality/value - As Twitter has become widespread over the last few years, and several studies have focused on Twitter and its impact on different sectors in our society, it is interesting to focus on political leaders' use of Twitter.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)587-603
Number of pages17
JournalOnline Information Review
Volume36
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - 2012

Keywords

  • Communication
  • Exploratory analysis
  • Political leaders
  • Social networking sites
  • Twitter

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