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Hashing Out Romney, Gingrich's Tags

BY Micah L. Sifry | Tuesday, December 13 2011

SocialFlow's Gilad Lotan has a data-rich post up looking at all the Twitter hashtags that people used in association with the GOP prez candidates over the last 3 weeks. The most interesting correlations for the two leading candidates? Mitt Romney: #gayrights, #lgbt, #jesus, #flipflop, #jobs, #economy. Newt Gingrich: #palestine, #OWS, #immigration, #abortion. That means those terms were more likely to be referenced in association with those particular candidates than on average across the whole pool. Ron Paul was most closely associated with #tlot, which is short for "top libertarians on Twitter."

I'm not sure if there's really that much to be gleaned from this data visualization, other than confirming the obvious. Newt is pressing some hot buttons with his statements on Palestinians and on immigration. Mitt recently had an interesting public exchange in a New Hampshire diner with a gay veteran who disagrees with him. What else is new?