State is most followed agency Twitter account by lawmakers

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On the fourth day of the government shutdown, the analytics firm compiled a list of the most followed federal Twitter accounts — excluding other congressional accounts and the White House. It included handles from all branches of the military as well.

Any earlier report found that 50.8 percent of members follow the White House account.

Five military-related Twitter accounts — the Army, Department of Defense, Department of Veterans Affairs, the U.S. National Guard and the Marines — all rank in the top 10.

As hundreds of thousands of federal workers were furloughed due to the government shutdown, many of the Twitter accounts on the list have since gone dark. They have vowed to reemerge once Congress comes to a resolution.

For example, the U.S. Army account, which ranks second on the list overall, tweeted out a message early this week apologizing for not replying to messages during the shutdown.

The State Department’s account, however, has remained active.

Aside from military accounts, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, NASA, the Department of Justice and the Department of Labor round out the top 10.

On the Democratic side, the State Department’s account is trailed by the Department of Veterans Affairs (38.9 percent) and the Education Department (34.7 percent).

The Education Department does not rank in the top 20 among Republicans.

The most followed account by Republicans is the Army, with 37.1 percent of the GOP following it. Trailing behind it are the Defense Department (30.9 percent) and the National Guard (28.7 percent).

Democrats on average tend to follow more federal accounts. According to earlier reports, nearly 97 percent of members of Congress have a Twitter presence.