How do the Lib Dem MPs compare on Twitter?

Although as I’ve said before I’m very sceptical of lists which rate users of Twitter by the number of followers they have, there is some merit in some of the more complex Twitter rating schemes. A good example of these is TweetLevel which includes factors such as how well people are using Twitter and how much other people on Twitter respond to them.

So for a bit of mildly instructive fun, I’ve plugged all the Liberal Democrat MPs on Twitter into the tool to see how they rate. The two most important caveat to these figures are that (a) it’s only Twitter – some MPs will have made sensible, rational decisions to prioritise other methods of communication, such as local email lists, and (b) it doesn’t measure the extent to which MPs are getting at local audiences,  national opinion formers or Lib Dem activists – these are three very different audiences and different MPs will be targeting different mixes with varying success.

But with that said, here are the numbers with the MPs’ Twitter names:

1. nick_clegg 59
2. joswinson 52
3. lfeatherstone 46
4. vincecable 44
5. philwillismp 42
6. SandraGidley 40
7. acarmichaelmp 37
8. normanlamb 36
9. willie_rennie 33
10. GregMulholland1 32
11. SusanKramer 30
12. timfarron 28
13.= AndrewGeorgeMP 27
13.= AnnetteBrookeMP 27
13.= eddaveymp 27
16. jgoldsworthy 26
16.= mooremichaelk 26
18. ChrisHuhne 25
19. lembitopik 25
20. PaulBurstow 23
21. stevewebb1 22
22. thomasbrake 20
23. PaulRowen 19
24. malcolmbruce 18
25. dannyalexander 17
26. JLeechMP 15
27. DonFosterMP 14

And finally, ahem, I would come in second in this table (hey, my initials are MP so why shouldn’t I be in the table?) with libdemvoice snapping at my heels and just ahead of joswinson.

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