How are American elected officials, journalists, and advocacy organizations connected to each other on Twitter? Which ones are deep inside social media echo chambers and which ones follow both sides? Choose a group to visualize (e.g. journalists) below:
We mapped the social networks of more than 10,000 prominent political accounts (e.g. elected officials, journalists, and advocacy organizations) by collecting the names of all the people they follow. The visualization above let's you see who is most deeply connected to those on their own side, and which types of people are more connected to members of both political parties.
You can use this tool to try to find prominent Twitter users who are in the middle of the public conversation about politics. As you navigate this visualization, remember that elites are usually far more polarized than ordinary Americans- and there is even new evidence that the echo chamber phenomenon has probably been overstated.
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Curious about the strength of your own echo chamber? Try our tool to see how many of the people you follow share your political views. Or, if you want to learn how to step outside your echo chamber in a productive manner, consider following our bots.
"Why can't I find myself in this visualization?"
Twitter restricts the amount of data we can collect about people's social networks in order to protect the privacy of their users. For this reason, we are only able to visualize a relatively small group of 10,000 opinion leaders on Twitter.