Campaign 2016: Trump, Clinton, Sanders and Others Have Their Twitter Accounts Audited

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For what its worth, I present here an evaluation I ran through for each of the major presidential candidates’ Twitter accounts.

If you haven’t used Twitter Audit before, here’s the description:

Each audit takes a random sample of 5000 Twitter followers for a user and calculates a score for each follower. This score is based on number of tweets, date of the last tweet, and ratio of followers to friends. We use these scores to determine whether any given user is real or fake. Of course, this scoring method is not perfect but it is a good way to tell if someone with lots of followers is likely to have increased their follower count by inorganic, fraudulent, or dishonest means.

So while it’s definitely not an exact science in any way, the numbers still generally represent a solid, unbiased numerical analysis of the validity of someone’s follower counts. As a barometer, Ashton Kutcher (@aplusk) has a score of 43% meaning that more than half of his Twitter followers were “bought” or at the least are spam/bot accounts (NOT good), while Pope Francis’ account (@Pontifex) scores a 90% meaning his followers act in a more viable, engaging, and authentic manner (VERY good).

These are in no particular order and should not imply an endorsement for any candidate over another:

BEN CARSON (R)  @RealBenCarson

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MARCO RUBIO (R)  @MarcoRubio

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DONALD TRUMP (R) @RealDonaldTrump

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HILARY CLINTON (D)  @HillaryClinton

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*NOTE: Sanders has two accounts that are updates regularly: @BernieSanders is the newer, campaign-driven account created in 2010, while @SenSanders seems to deal more with his senatorial duties and details and has existed since 2009.

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*NOTE: Cruz actually has THREE verified Twitter accounts…

  • @TedCruz for campaign-focused tweets but also more of a personal touch
  • @SenTedCruz which focuses more on his duties as a U.S. Senator
  • @TeamTedCruz which is actually managed by his campaign staff and has a much lower follower count than his personal accounts (10k followers)

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