Twitter has been very hands-on in the run-up to the 2012 U.S. Presidential Election, and both President Barack Obama and Republican candidate Mitt Romney have (wisely) been heavily using the micro-blogging platform to share their agenda and policies, raise awareness of where they are on the campaign trail and, perhaps, nudge those all-important undecided voters firmly in their direction.
With the election outcome now just days away, Twitter’s Political Index has President Obama firmly in the lead. But which of the candidates’ respective tweets have been getting the most engagement?
The answer lies in this nifty Political Engagement Map, which has been put together by Twitter visualization specialists Miguel Rios and Nicolas Belmonte.
Details of how it works are explained below:
See Tweets from @BarackObama and @MittRomney organized by engagement on Twitter. Each Tweet is represented by a bar and the size indicates engagement on that Tweet. Click on a Tweet to see engagement in states across the U.S. Click on a state to sort Tweets by relevance in that state. Search for keywords such as coal, ohio or pell grant to find Tweets about the topics that matter to you.
The map is interactive, so click here to get involved.