Twitter Stats 9 May

Most Tweets:

National: Tau Henare 266, Paula Bennett 52, Simon O’Connor 31.

Labour: Clare Curran 195, Trevor Mallard 108, Chris Hipkins 41

Greens: Russel Norman 107, Julie Anne Genter 88, Kevin Hague 82

NZ First: Tracey Martin 26.

Others: Te Ururoa Flavell 43, Peter Dunne 25.


Most New Followers:

National: Judith Collins 354, John Key 295, Nikki Kaye 82.

Labour: David Cunliffe 196, Jacinda Ardern 167, Grant Robertson 108,

Green: Russel Norman 139, Meteria Turei 76, Gareth Hughes 37.

NZ First: Winston Peters 114.

Others: Peter Dunne 45, Te Ururoa Flavell 38.



Most Tweets: Internet Party 89, Greens 38, National 26.

Most New Followers: Internet Party 344, Labour 161, Greens 73.


The Internet Party is still going strong in the party category, will be interesting to see how long this continues. This week, I decided to do a bit more digging into the stats. These new figures are below.


National Party. 48 MPs on Twitter. Total number of tweets: 689. Average Tweets per MP: 14.35. Total new followers: 1599. Average new followers per MP: 33.31


Labour Party. 30 MPs on Twitter. Total number of tweets: 656. Average Tweets per MP: 21.87. Total new followers: 1088. Average new followers per MP: 36.27.


Green Party. 14 MPs on Twitter. Total number of tweets: 539. Average Tweets per MP: 38.50. Total new followers: 460. Average new followers per MP: 32.86.


The fact that National makes just one appearance in the top three in both of the party categories, and it is only a third, as well as having the lowest average number of tweets per MP and is in the middle of the range for average new followers, is a sign that their social media isn’t really generating much traction. If you take out the 295 new followers for John Key, National MPs are averaging 27.75 new followers per week. This is nearly 5 less per MP than the Greens and nearly 9 less per MP than Labour MPs. How much of this is caused by the lower average number of tweets is uncertain. But genearlly, the more active you are on Twitter, the more likely you are to get new followers. With Judith gone, I expect these figures to drop next week, the average number of new followers will be the most interesting.

It is too early to draw much more in the way of conclusions form these figures, I need more of a trend to draw any major conclusions. So it will be interesting to watch.