By Katie Hirsch, Sari Kamp, Emily Kilman and Jaymi Zimmerman
We created a search boolean that would provide results that included either ‘Trump,’ ‘Pelosi,’ or ‘inquiry’ in addition to ‘impeach’ or ‘impeachment.’ We chose this setup because it ensured that each tweet would be talking about the impeachment inquiry that Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi announced at the very beginning of our search period.
The activity during our search period spiked on September 24th towards the end of the day as that is exactly when Speaker Pelosi announced the inquiry. The trend line also shows that more people were tweeting about it during (North America’s) day than in the middle of the night which is to be expected.
pro brasileiro que curte imitar o americano: ta rolando processo de impeachment contra o trump, ta? fica a dica bjo tchau
— Maria Rita (@MROFICIAL) September 24, 2019
The Twitter user with the most retweeted tweet of our search boolean is based in Brazil and tweeted in Portuguese. This is odd because the topic at hand is based in the America and the tweeter is not an American politician, pundit or journalist.
79.3% of the tweets our search boolean produced were tweeted out of the United States, which, during the time of our search, held this content as a political hot topic. Despite the majority of tweets coming from the U.S., the most retweeted tweet came from Brazil.
Examining the word cloud, there were many interesting words not included in our boolean that appeared. Examples such as ‘Ukraine,’ ‘Biden’ and ‘whistleblower’ all show up, which makes sense as they are all topics that relate to the original boolean.
Our buzz graph shows that our boolean search terms were indeed correlated with other terms we considered using such as ‘President,’ ‘speaker,’ and ‘Donald.’ The words this buzz graph collected accurately represent the overall theme of the tweets we assumed we would find.