Ratioing the President: An exploration of public engagement with Obama and Trump on Twitter

  title={Ratioing the President: An exploration of public engagement with Obama and Trump on Twitter},
  author={Joshua R. Minot and Michael V. Arnold and T. Alshaabi and Christopher M. Danforth and Peter Sheridan Dodds},
  journal={PLoS ONE},
The past decade has witnessed a marked increase in the use of social media by politicians, most notably exemplified by the 45th President of the United States (POTUS), Donald Trump. On Twitter, POTUS messages consistently attract high levels of engagement as measured by likes, retweets, and replies. Here, we quantify the balance of these activities, also known as “ratios”, and study their dynamics as a proxy for collective political engagement in response to presidential communications. We find… 

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