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This great infographic explains how TDs use Twitter

Eamonn Bell has researched and compiled extensive information that gives us an idea of how TDs use Twitter. There are some surprising outcomes.

THE ABOVE INFOGRAPHIC (click here if you are having troubling viewing it) is the work of  Eamonn Bell who has compiled data on our country’s TDs and their use of Twitter.

Bell compiled data from the 1 January until 20 July this year and found, amongst other things, that Gerry Adams is the most followed TD, Luke Ming Flanagan is the most prolific tweeter and that 88 per cent of all TDs are on the tweet machine.

Thursday night between 9 and 10pm is the most popular time for politcians in the Dáil to be tweeting.

The busiest dates on Twitter so far this year were, unsurprisingly, ‘prom night’ – the night the IBRC liquidation bill was debated – and the recent all-night debate on the Protection of Life during Pregnancy Bill.

The third most popular event that TDs tweeted about was… the election of Pope Francis on 13 March.

For more check out Bell’s website or Twitter.

More: Nearly 85 per cent of TDs now on Twitter

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