In 2004, Lada Adamic and Natalie Glance published Divided They Blog, a paper in which they report a stark divide between left- and right-wing bloggers. They found relatively few links between liberal and conservative bloggers and more links among conservative bloggers than among their liberal counterparts. I asked whether Congress’s online conversations reveal a similar divide.
When you compare this network to the bloggers Adamic and Glance studiedÂ (scroll down), you’ll notice relatively more connections between the two camps but a similarity in density – Republicans mention each other more often than do Democrats. What these mentions entail, and who’s doing the connecting are good topics for future posts. Matt Shapiro, Jahna Otterbacher, our students, and I are actively working on more results and analysis about Congress on Twitter and what their activities there mean for their political behavior and civic engagement broadly.