GOP members more influential than Dems on Twitter, study finds

Democrats get to keep their House majority for a few more weeks, but the GOP already has control of Twitter. 

A study released this week shows that Republicans in Congress are more influential than Democrats on Twitter — by overwhelming margins.

Seventy of the top 100 most influential congressional Twitter users are Republicans, the study said.

Still, the Democrats can claim one victory: Capitol Hill's most "influential" tweeter.


House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (Calif.) ranked first, five slots ahead of Speaker-designate John BoehnerJohn Andrew BoehnerLobbying world A new kind of hero? Last week's emotional TV may be a sign GOP up in arms over Cheney, Kinzinger MORE (Ohio). Second was Rep. Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanPaul Ryan researched narcissistic personality disorder after Trump win: book Paul Ryan says it's 'really clear' Biden won election: 'It was not rigged. It was not stolen' Democrats fret over Trump-district retirements ahead of midterms MORE (R-Wis.), and third was Rep. Michele BachmannMichele Marie BachmannBoehner says he voted for Trump, didn't push back on election claims because he's retired Boehner: Trump 'stepped all over their loyalty' by lying to followers Boehner finally calls it as he sees it MORE (R-Minn.).

HP Labs, the research center for Hewlett-Packard, applied an algorithm to rank the 100 most influential Twitter users in Congress.

The primary criterion was how much members interact with their followers, rather than how many people follow them. Sen. John McCainJohn Sidney McCainBiden steps onto global stage with high-stakes UN speech Biden falters in pledge to strengthen US alliances 20 years after 9/11, US foreign policy still struggles for balance MORE (R-Ariz.), for example, is the most-followed member, with more than 1.7 million followers. But he ranks seventh on the list.

Bernardo Huberman, a researcher who contributed to the study, said the algorithm elevated people whose messages tend to be heard over all the noise on social sites.

"Sometimes it can be quite surprising, paradoxical, that the people who are quite popular in the sense of having a lot of followers … have little influence," he said.

Click here for the full list. And watch a clip of Huberman explaining the Twitter method below.