21% of MEPs use twitter - according to us and someone else

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Counting the number of MEPs that use online tools to communicate is not a bad way to start your company’s blog and attract traffic. We should know as our post that claimed that 11% of MEPs blog is still one of our most visited posts to this day. E-marketing newcomers Digimahti have followed our lead and list 115 157 tweeting MEPs. Not an insignificant number I am sure you’ll agree.

At 21% of the total members of Parliament,  it’s exactly the same percentage that our MEP digital survey suggested used Twitter when we polled them in May this year! Digimahti of course notes that ‘using’ Twitter and having a Twitter account are very different. Our digital survey suggested that only 13% use it ‘regularly’, while 8% use it ‘occasionally’.

We’ll be looking to run our digital survey again next year with the new Parliament to see if that number improves.


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April 09, 2010 | 1:06 PM

[...] the good folks at Europatweets aggregated them a couple of months later on their nice website, Digimahti had another go at listing them and finally we’ve now created our own Twitter lists to [...]

November 04, 2009 | 3:37 AM

I certainly think that more communication from MEP's to the general public is to be welcomed, although I am not sure how well read their tweeted updates are or the amount of interesting material is posted. Having said that the trend going is that digital communication via social networks and applications alike are vastly beginning to change the way people communicate. Maybe one day we will have Prime Ministers 'Tweet Time'.

November 03, 2009 | 12:20 PM

Thanks for the backlink! Just one little correction: we have listed 157 MEPs, not 115 ;-)

November 03, 2009 | 12:26 PM

Now happily corrected. That's what happens when one seeks to bash out a post between other things.