October 14th, 2009
03:20 PM ET
9 years ago

Analysis: Half of Twitter comments studied critical of Snowe

WASHINGTON (CNN) - The largest number of comments on Twitter after Sen. Olympia Snowe's vote in support of the Senate Finance Committee $829 billion health care proposal came from people angry about her decision.

According to Crimson Hexagon and Mashable, of the roughly 6,000 tweets that mentioned Snowe and were selected and examined following the votes Monday (from 2:00 to 4:30 p.m. ET) and Tuesday (between 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. ET). Forty-nine percent of those tweets communicated an anti-Snowe message. Those tweets fell into roughly three categories: "Get her out" (21 percent), "Shame on her" (19 percent) and "Call 2 protest" (10 percent).

Forty-four percent of those surveyed sent out a message congratulating the senator for her vote, and 6 percent noted that they don't care or that the "bill sucks" regardless.

The most up to date analysis of the Tweetstream of about 6000 tweets.
(Photo Credit: Crimson Hexagon)

"What this demonstrates is the loudest voices in the conversation," says Crimson Hexagon executive Melyssa Plunkett-Gomez. "Of the tweets that we analyzed, it represents the proportions of tweets that are reflecting these sentiments. The loudest voice is anti-Olympia Snowe."

Crimson Hexagon is a non-partisan company that analysis the conversation on the Internet, including Twitter. It uses an algorithm that monitors the sentiment of tweets. The survey was commissioned by Mashable, a leading technology blog.

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Filed under: Olympia Snowe • Social Media • Twitter
soundoff (54 Responses)
  1. DJ

    About half were in favor of her...and besides what difference does Twitter make regardless. She will win re-election because Maine is in liberal country so if makes no difference what the neo-Confederates think about her.

    October 14, 2009 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  2. Doug, New Jersey

    Snowe seems like the type who will just sit by and not speak up, for fear of being called a racist terrorist, while this socialist government takes away our rights, freedoms, and wealth.

    There is no reason for any American to be censored just for speaking their mind. It is wrong for a Republican to suffer repercussions that a Democrat would not. To watch the liberals attack Rush just because they disagree with him and cannot debate his factually sound pro America viewpoints, is as anti-American as it gets. He should be able to be part owner of the Rams and if the liberals want to demonstrate that they truly are replicating Germany 1933 then all Americans need to fight back.

    October 14, 2009 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  3. Sniffit

    so response was......

    "hey when history calls, history calls"

    I dont remember reading anything about medicare being a historical blockbuster in my history books....

    she be stupids me thinks

    October 14, 2009 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  4. mjm

    That's what happens when you go against the will of the people.

    October 14, 2009 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  5. Jessie

    The emptiest wagons always make the most noise.

    October 14, 2009 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  6. The Lonely Libertarian of Liverpool NY

    Does anyone else feel disturbed by this? Tweeting is the new polling method? Why not just implant a computer chip right into everyone's head so you know what they think?
    Folks this Government is out of hand....

    October 14, 2009 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  7. Msdp

    The only criticism or approval that counts in this situation are those from Maine, and from what I read, the majority of them (Maine) approves of Mrs. Snow's vote. So do I.

    October 14, 2009 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  8. nanbar

    Congratulations to Senator Snowe! She was right about "When history calls..." She understands she has more influence than than any of the other 39 Republicans out there in the wilderness crying "NO!"

    October 14, 2009 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  9. Peter s

    Twitter GOP mouth piece!! cheapest tool!

    October 14, 2009 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  10. Jeff Spangler, Arlington, VA

    Seth Meyers needs to give this story a "Really?!" shout-out. How biased is a population of Twittering maniacs who need a real life rather than a virtual one? Kind of like folks who post here.

    October 14, 2009 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  11. Rosa Birmingham, AL

    How can the loudest voice be anti Snowe? 44% say congrats %6 don't care, that equals %50 by the way. The other 50% are varying degrees of anti-Snowe. Sounds like a tie to me. Overall this is the stupidest analysis I've seen on CNN and there have been a lot.

    October 14, 2009 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  12. KAREN

    So 56% of people don't like the bill. Why don't you tell it like it is instead of trying to distort.

    October 14, 2009 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  13. Stephen Fish

    If you are pleased with her vote, you won't go on twitter to say so because you are content. If you are angry however, you want someone to know, so you try to scream as loud as you can. This story is ridiculous, and does no service to consumer's of what should be mainstream (relevant) news.

    October 14, 2009 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  14. Kathleen

    She seems to have more brains than the rest of Republicans. Why cannot everyone work together for the good of the people?

    October 14, 2009 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  15. T

    This is stupid. They could have just as easily shown that half of the twitter-ers were commenting positively or indifferently on her actions. To point out not only the negative comments, but to clarify what types of comments she received, is kinda deceptive.

    Also, I'd like to point out that this is just an hour's worth of Twitter comments, 6000 total. So, not only does it not consider how many were multiple comments from a single account, it ignores comments that took place after the fact.

    I'm not saying that the info collected has no relevancy, but it has very little value in the big picture.

    October 14, 2009 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  16. John, Sacramento

    Congratulations to Senator Snowe! Along with Senators Graham, McCain, and Collins, it is nice to know that there are a few members of the GOP who at least have a recordable pulse and are willing to at least address, in a semi-bi-partisan way, the crucial issues that face our great country. Anyone else willing to stand up and address important issues despite the pressure being put on you to "just say no"?

    October 14, 2009 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  17. General Mills

    Just goes to show it doesn't pay to abandon principles and cave, even when "history calls."

    October 14, 2009 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  18. Maria Mancias

    Thank you so much, Olympia Snowe, your vote is so much appreciated. WE NEED HEALTH REFORM NOW!!!!!!!!!!

    October 14, 2009 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  19. Wisconsin mom

    Finally! A Republican I can LOVE!!!

    October 14, 2009 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  20. Willy Brown

    Snowe's vote did matter but what will is how the democrat nuke themselves on the floor. She set them up for FAILURE!

    October 14, 2009 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  21. Sniffit

    I'm sorry, but "analyzing" Tweets is like turning to yoru Speak & Spell for financial advice. Even if the largest percentage does agree with my sentiments, I can still recognize this as 100% certifiably retarded "analysis."

    October 14, 2009 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  22. John

    What lame article. 1/2 were against her, and 1/2 were for or didn't care. So this really means nothing.

    October 14, 2009 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  23. Larry

    Bravo ... Olympia Snowe is a true American

    Her efforts to support the American people instead of being a Republican puppet takes true courage considering all of the Snakes that surround her

    GREAT for her

    October 14, 2009 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  24. Why O Why

    Just wait until they get the BILL, nothing is for FREE...

    October 14, 2009 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  25. An Independent

    The headline could have also read "Half of Tweeter comments not critical of Snowe" CNN you can do better...right?

    October 14, 2009 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
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