Microblogging, Constituency Service and Impression Management: UK MPs and the Use of Twitter

This source preferred by Darren Lilleker

Authors: Lilleker, D. and Jackson, N.

http://eprints.bournemouth.ac.uk/17456/

http://www.informaworld.com/smpp/content~db=all~content=a933977890~frm=titlelink

Journal: Journal of Legislative Studies

Volume: 17

Pages: 86-105

ISSN: 1357-2334

DOI: 10.1080/13572334.2011.545181

Twitter, a microblogging site which allows users to deliver statements, thoughts and links in 140 characters to followers as well as a wider Internet audience, is the latest online communications technology adopted by MPs. Assessing the use of early adopters, this article considers which MPs are most likely to use Twitter (e.g. tweeting), and how. Content analysis of tweeting MPs was conducted, and identified personal and political characteristics which may influence use. The data suggested that of the six characteristics tested, gender, party and seniority had most impact on adoption. Applying Jones and Pittman’s (1982) typology there is clear evidence that MPs use Twitter as a tool of impression management. Constituency service is a secondary function of the use of Twitter by MPs. Where MPs use Twitter as part of their constituency role it is to promote their local activity. We note that a small group of MPs use Twitter as a regular communication channel, but most are only occasionally dipping their toe into the microbloggersphere.

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Authors: Jackson, N. and Lilleker, D.

http://eprints.bournemouth.ac.uk/17456/

Journal: Journal of Legislative Studies

Volume: 17

Issue: 1

Pages: 86-105

eISSN: 1743-9337

ISSN: 1357-2334

DOI: 10.1080/13572334.2011.545181

Twitter, a microblogging site which allows users to deliver statements, thoughts and links in 140 characters to followers as well as a wider Internet audience, is the latest online communications technology adopted by MPs. Assessing the use by early adopters, this article considers which MPs are most likely to use Twitter (for example, tweeting), and how. Content analysis of MPs' Twitter feeds was conducted, and personal and political characteristics identified which may influence use. The data suggested that of the six characteristics tested, gender, party and seniority had most impact on adoption. Applying Jones and Pittman's 1982 typology, there is clear evidence that MPs use Twitter as a tool of impression management. Constituency service is a secondary function of the use of Twitter by MPs. Where MPs use Twitter as part of their constituency role it is to promote their local activity. This article notes that a small group of MPs use Twitter as a regular communication channel, but most are only occasionally dipping their toe into the microbloggersphere. © 2011 Taylor & Francis.

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