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The Bachmann Announcement Bump, Twitter Edition

BY Nick Judd | Tuesday, June 28 2011

Michele Bachmann at the Republican Leadership Conference in New Orleans, La., on June 17. Photo: Gage Skidmore / Flickr

Rep. Michele Bachmann's "announcement bump" of Twitter followers after her official campaign launch yesterday is nowhere near as large as the one Mitt Romney received when he launched his 2012 campaign, according to Twitter-watcher Adam Green.

On the day of his announcement, Romney, the former Massachusetts governor, gained 1,663 followers and 2,987 mentions. Bachmann, on the other hand, gained just 978 followers when she announced her bid for the Republican nomination, Green says.

But with well over 22,300 mentions, according to Green, she was certainly buzzworthy. Green follows each Republican presidential candidate's footprint on Twitter at 2012twit.com. (This Green is not the other Adam Green, who runs the Progressive Change Campaign Committee.)

By these figures, compared to Romney, Bachmann seems to have attracted more attention than support yesterday.

"People want to talk about her," Green put it, "but they're not that interested in listening to her."