August 14, 2015

Measuring a Supreme Court Justice's "Tweetability" Quotient

Jack Metzler has published Most Tweetable Justice: An Empirical Study. Here is the abstract.
Twitter has profoundly changed how people communicate with one another and learn about the world. In less than a decade since it first launched, Twitter has become the place where all news breaks first, where political revolutions are launched, and where presidential campaigns are conducted. The service has more than half a billion users, who use Twitter to talk about the news, follow celebrities, support sports teams, conduct business, and learn about one another. Twitter has touched every area of human interaction, and the law is no exception. Thus, although no member of the Supreme Court uses Twitter officially (yet), the world needs to know which Justice is most “tweetable.” The paper uses data from the SCOTUS Search database to rank the Justices by whether their oral argument statements are fit to be tweeted.
Download the article from SSRN at the link.

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