GLAMOUR: Political Women Who Made the Biggest Impact on Twitter in 2012

22 Dec

Yes, Twitter made a big impact in the political discourse in 2012. Yes, ladies made substantial contributions to the conversations. Before we drown in Year In Review lists, I checked in with Bridget Coyne (@bcoyne) from the Government and News team at Twitter, based in Washington, D.C., to find out which female names (or, well, handles in this case) had the biggest impact across the Twittersphere, and the women’s issues that resonated most across the Twitter community.

OK, get your “Follow” finger ready—these are women who “played a major role in politics in 2012” on Twitter, including both the volume and type of info they shared:

  • @secupp – S.E. Cupp, MSNBC host, writer, GOP commentator
  • @DWStweets – Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-CA)
  • @jengranholm – Jennifer Granholm, Former Governor of Michigan (D); Current TV host
  • @AmbassadorRice – Susan Rice, United States Ambassador to United Nations
  • @kellyayotte – Senator Kelly Ayotte (R-NH)
  • @iamsambee – Comedian/Daily Show contributor Samantha Bee
  • @Tammy4Congress – Tammy Duckworth, Congresswoman-elect and veteran (D-IL)
  • @GingerGibson – Ginger Gibson, Politico reporter on the campaign trail with Mitt Romney
  • @elizabethforma – Elizabeth Warren, Senator-elect and Harvard professor (D-MA)
  • @LaurenM – Lauren Miller, Digital Director for Elizabeth Warren campaign
  • @miablove – Mia Love, Mayor and Congressional candidate (R-UT)
  • @usatmoore – Martha Moore, head political reporter at USA Today
  • @SarahH_CBSNJ – Sarah Huisenga, CBS News/National Journal reportered embedded with Romney campaign
  • @nikkihaley – Nikki Haley, Governor of South Carolina (R)
  • @aebrandenburger – Allie Brandenburger, Regional Press Secretary for Romney campaign
  • @jodikantor – Jodi Kantor, New York Times reporter, Obama biographer
  • @BetsyNBCNews – Betsy Korona, NBC News embedded campaign trail reporter
  • @stefcutter – Stephanie Cutter, Deputy Campaign Manager for Obama

Oh, just the length of that list makes me grin.

Coyne said that lots of other major moments of 2012 not only were about the women in the discussions, but about the topics themselves.

The Twitter political index, which is a measurement of the both the positive and negative conversation on Twitter (on a scale of 0 to 100, 50 being neutral), was used to analyze speeches during the year, including the all-important RNC and DNC. Twitterverse, you ♥ the ladies.

Coyne says Ann Romney and Michelle Obama (@MichelleObama) both had much higher receptions than their husbands, with Mrs. Obama scoring an 84 on the scale when she spoke, and Mrs. Romney registering an 83. The two candidates? President Obama had a 41 and Mitt Romney a 38. “People were responding to the women’s message,” Coyne said.

A debate between Democratic strategist Hilary Rosen (@hilaryr) and Ann Romney about women and work not only drew national attention, but actually prompted the potential-first lady to join Twitter.

Women’s issues in Election 2012, one of the tipping points for the national election itself, were in the social dialogue, thanks to the Senate races that put them front and center: McCaskill (@clairecmc) versus Akin (@ToddAkin) and Donnelly (@RepDonnelly) versus Mourdock (@richardmourdock). And, Coyne says, Warren versus Brown (@ScottBrownMA) was big on Twitter because both candidates had a big social plan baked into their campaign strategies from the start.


Source: Glamour Magazine 

Image: Jezebel 



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