March sees an astounding 142% increase in activity

The campaign begins all over again, and Colombians are more interested than ever.

Number of retweets (lightest colors) and number of retweeters (darkest colors) per candidate from December 2017 until March 2018.
Number of retweets (lightest colors) and number of retweeters (darkest colors) per candidate from December 2017 until March 2018.

Abstract

The presidential campaign has begun with new impetus following the March 11th elections to Congress, the Easter holidays and the lack of merger between Fajardo and De la Calle. Extraordinary interest in the candidates’ debates echoes what can be detected on Twitter: the volume of campaign tweets has gone up from 1,870,709 (with 198,825 users) to 4,519,579 (334,861 users) – a growth of 142% – between February to March. All candidates’ followers have continued to grow steadily since February, with Petro way ahead of all others. This Data Point shows some clear trends from the tweets gathered in March respect to the Colombian presidential elections.

Resumen

La campaña presidencial ha comenzado con un nuevo ímpetu después de las elecciones del 11 de marzo al Congreso, las vacaciones de Semana Santa y la falta de fusión entre Fajardo y De La Calle. El extraordinario interés en los debates de los candidatos hace eco de lo que se puede detectar en Twitter: el volumen de tweets de campaña ha aumentado de 1.870.709 (con 198.825 usuarios) a 4.519.579 (334.861 usuarios), un crecimiento del 142%, entre febrero y marzo. El número de seguidores de todos los candidatos ha aumentado de manera constante desde febrero, con Petro por delante del resto. El presente Data Point muestra algunas tendencias muy claras de los tweets recolectados en marzo respecto a las presidenciales de Colombia 2018.

Designer: Ana Ruiz
Editors: Antonio Jiménez-Mavillard and Emilio Calderón
Coordinator: Daniel Varona Cordero

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  • Apr 9 2018
  • Vol 1
  • Issue 4
  • ISSN Spanish: 2561-522X , ISSN English: 2561-5211
  • Colombian Elections 2018, Twitter, presidential candidates, Cultural Networks, retweets network