Senate tweets in one chart

July 18, 2012

Today, xkcd had some fun at the expense of our less formal Senators:

This made me wonder — what do Senators actually tweet about? So I wrote a Python script to scrape every Senator's last 20 tweets so I could analyze them. Here are the most commonly used words, filtering out both common words like "and" or "the" and URL contents like "http" and "www":

If you want to check my data or make your own, you can download a Word doc of the tweets here. Thanks to Tom Lee of the Sunlight Foundation for help in locating Senator's Twitter accounts and executing the scraping.

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