Tweeting on the first Dutch election debate

Tweeting on the first Dutch election debate

10th June 2010, Comments 0 comments

Dutch politicians went head to head in the first radio debate ahead of the 9 June general election. RNW's Political Editor John Tyler, aka Hagueguy, twittered about the debate

Tweets: instant, unfiltered, reaches thousands. Dutch politicians love them. The first Twitter debate in a parliamentary election campaign in the Netherlands: three party leaders, two ministers, and at least three MPs are taking part. TV reporter Frits Wester, himself a big time twitterer, chairs the debate.

And for the third time in the last ten days, the Netherlands dominated Twitter for a few hours. More tweets were sent about the debate than about any other topic in the world for those few hours.

This is surprising – only about one percent of the world’s twitterers are Dutch (400,000, at the most). Six other countries have more twitter members. How can so few people send so many tweets?

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