Postmedia contacted me earlier to ask for my thoughts on the relevance of Twitter followers as a metric in determining political outcomes, and what analysts and the public should be reading (if anything) into the size of our politicians’ Twitter followings. The journalist also asked for my thoughts on the Status People‘s Faker Scores tool.
I wrote about the tool a few weeks ago. Specifically, I wrote about the unpredictable and inconsistent nature of the results when analyzing the Twitter followings of the Liberal leadership candidates. Several attempts to get a comment from the Status People have proven unsuccessful. So, my opinion of their tool hasn’t yet changed: it’s a fun idea. Perhaps a conversation starter.
In the hopes of keeping the conversation going, I’ve included an image which shows updated analysis of the Liberal leadership candidates. With rates of change in analysis ranging from -7% to 18% on following changes ranging from 1% to 4.5% in the current sample period, I’m inclined to distrust Status People’s numbers.