This week a group of three researchers, including TANT-Lab’s Andreas Birkbak, launched a new digital tool together with the Danish newspaper Politiken. The tool is called Twittertinget. It makes it possible to explore how Danish members of parliament (MPs) use hashtags when they tweet. Specifically, Twittertinget offers an interactive network visualization of relationships between politicians and hashtags.
By reappropriating social media data to provide a network perspective on politics, the Twittertinget project contributes to the TANT-Lab research agenda on the dynamic role played by issues in contemporary democratic politics. One of the arguments here is that each controversy and issue must be expected to implicate and invoke a unique public. With Twittertinget, it becomes possible to explore how politicians connect and disconnect with issues through their use of hashtags – and to see what specific constellations of politicians form around issues and potentially across party lines.
Twittertinget was launched on the Politiken website yesterday and has already received quite a lot of attention on, well, Twitter. See some of the reactions by following #Twittertinget or the account @Skyggekab. Skyggekabinettet is Politiken’s platform for political analysis led by Sigge Winther Nielsen, our main collaboration partner at Politiken. The other two members of the research team are Irina Papazu, University of Copenhagen and Tobias Bornakke Jørgensen, Analyse & Tal.
To try the tool yourself go to this page.
To read Politiken’s introduction (in Danish) go here.
A Politiken article with focus on #dkgreen (also in Danish) is available here.