President Obama on Friday asked his 9 million Twitter followers to contact their Republican Congressmen to “ask them to support a bipartisan solution to the deficit crisis” and because of his “#compromise” campaign the President quickly lost more than 37,000 Twitter followers.
According to NM Incite the #compromise tag was used more than 22,000 times and was seen by 36 million Twitter users by 5 p.m. ET on Friday, while the President himself was mentioned in 28,000 tweets.
Of the 28,000 Tweets to the President only 13% showed negative criticism of his call for a bipartisan debt ceiling bill, yet he lost some 37,000 users.
Here’s a progress chart that shows how quickly the President was losing supporters:
It should be noted that following his loss Republican Congressmen picked up 6,500 followers among them, while that may appear to show a shift towards the right, it could also have been indicative of users who were simply reaching out to their Republican Congressmen as Obama had suggested in an attempt to connect on Twitter and ask for a bipartisan bill.
Interestingly NM Incite also posted the number of Tweets by state that used the #Compromise tag and not surprisingly the most tweets came from large populated areas of blue states, although Texas and Georgia, both red states, also showed quite a bit of activity.
Here’s the #Compromise tweet chart by state:
It’s still unclear exactly how the campaign affected the President’s standing, however with approximately 13% of Tweets negative and 16% of overall Tweets coming from red states, it would appear that Obama was able to pick up at least some support for a bipartisan bill in right leaning regions of the country.
The #Compromise hashtag is still very active nearly 24 hours after the President asked us to make calls to action, perhaps in the internet age a simple hashtag on Twitter is enough to at least generate some political debate, even if that debate comes in the form of 140 characters or less. Then again sometimes I wish as hard as I can that politicians would keep their long-winded speeches to 140 characters or less.
What do you think about the #Compromise Twitter campaign? Was it a success, a failure or are you still undecided?