Is the voter only a tweet away? Micro blogging during the 2009 European Parliament election campaign in the Netherlands

Maurice Vergeer, Liesbeth Hermans, Steven Sams

Abstract


This study explores the use of Twitter by candidates, in particular their networking and micro-blogging activities in the election campaign for the European Parliament elections of 2009 in the Netherlands. The main focus is on identifying what political aspects (e.g. party characteristics and candidate characteristics) influences their use of Twitter as a campaign tool. Furthermore, we explore the effectiveness of candidates' activities on Twitter in gaining votes.

Keywords


Twitter; API; micro-blogging; social networking; political campaigning

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5210/fm.v16i8.3540



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