From four MPs to all the world's elections

Yesterday we released electionista, a platform to follow all the world’s elections and politics. When we first launched Tweetminster back in December 2008, there were only four MPs on Twitter. There are now 335 MPs on Twitter - a majority.

We thought it would be neat to look back at the past three years at some of the various projects and experiments Tweetminster has worked on as we believe they provide a snapshot of how politics on Twitter, and the way society engages with politics on Twitter, has evolved over time.

December 2008 - Tweetminster launched as a service to find MPs on Twitter. There were four MPs using Twitter at the time. There are now 335. Grant Shapps was the first MP on Twitter.

Interviewing a party leader, @nick_clegg, with The Independent - possibly the first time a party leader engaged in a live public Q&A session exclusively through Twitter.

Using Twitter to cover party conferences. We were also fortunate enough to have early access to an Audioboo beta platform at the time, which we used to interview several MPs, journalists and commentators, including now Labour leader @Ed_Miliband.

Using tweets (of MPs, PPCs and party activists) to map where the parties were campaigning in real time.

One of the first studies to analyse the correlation between buzz on Twitter and event outcomes - an experiment to explore the predictive potential of Tweets. The result? With enough data, buzz is a key driver in influencing certain kinds of outcomes and popularity competitions such as elections.

Tracking the leaders’ debates. At the time, the most tweeted event in UK politics, delivering real time insight into public relations.

This was possibly the first live public Q&A Twitter interview with a Head of Government.

Using the hashtag #UKVote to map voter turnout. Thanks for #UKSnow for the inspiration. 25,475 people tweeted using the hashtag.

Helped to track news and comments on Twitter during election night, providing insight and input to election coverage on BBC radio.

Visualising the coalition government’s first 100 days using Twitter trends.

In February 2011, we launched our new site - algorithmically aggregating the most shared links by current affairs experts and influencers; the positioning and categorisation of a story was entirely dynamic, without human intervention; data-driven responsive design.

TweetCongress moves to our dynamic news platform creating a transatlantic partnership that is still going strong.

In 2011, we also launched our fist API (for clients), expanding our methodology beyond politics and current affairs, and to any industry, topic or market. We provide media organisations and those building media products with the fabric they need to build amazing applications for any platform or device.

An Index to visualise and compare what UK media Tweets about (and the stories they cover). The Index is now released on a quarterly basis.

How Africa Tweets - we think this was the first attempt to comprehensively analyse tweeting across Africa in its entirety using geodata.

BBC’s Russian service uses the electionista API to bring live tweets and trends to their Russian election coverage, in Russian.

March 2012 - electionista launched - one platform to follow all the world’s elections and politics.

Posted at Thu, Mar 15th 2012, 08:00