Election Tweets Available for Research
Are you researching the 2016 U.S. Presidential Election cycle? GW students and researchers can access 279 million tweets from candidates, parties, conventions, and debates collected between July 13, 2016 and November 10, 2016 using Social Feed Manager. This includes 3.6 million tweets collected from election day/night. Social Feed Manager (SFM) was developed by GW Libraries to support campus research about social media including Twitter, Tumblr, Flickr, and Sina Weibo. The data set is described more fully on Dataverse, where the tweet IDs are available for public download. GW students and researchers, however, may request access to the complete tweets.
Email firstname.lastname@example.org to request access to the election data set, to get started with Social Feed Manager, or to schedule a research consultation.
Social Feed Manager is hosted and run by GW Libraries and harvests data and websites from free public sources provided by the platforms. You can receive data in several formats, including CSV, Excel, and JSON. SFM is hosted and run by GW Libraries and harvests data and websites from free public sources provided by the platforms. We collect social media data for research, archiving, and academic purposes.
Recently published research using data from SFM:
- Danny Hayes and Jennifer Lawless, Women on the Run: Gender, Media, and Political Campaigns in a Polarized Era.
- Caitlin Roper, Targeting Persuadable Voters Through Social Media: The Use of Twitter in The 2015 UK General Election.
- Bailey Mohr, Campaign Messaging & Engagement on Twitter in the 2014 U.S. Senate Elections, supported by the Manheim-Sterling Undergraduate Research Prize.