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.