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Charles Seife @cgseife
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Before @Twitter took them down, I captured a bunch of the #MAGABomber's tweets and did some quickie analysis... the results were pretty interesting. All the following are based upon tweets from @hardrock2016 and @hardrockintlent accounts. 1/
First two plots: Plotting the times of #MAGABomber tweets on a 24-hour radar plot. Note the time when it tends to go silent every day. If the time is set right (or even if we're on GMT), he doesn't sleep when most East Coasters do. 2/
Second two plots: This is a histogram: time in seconds between tweets (log scale) vs. frequency. Note the high rate of very rapid tweets... a high proportion are less than 4 sec. apart. 3/
For comparison, here are the plots for my account. Not that I claim I'm typical; indeed, my burst histogram skews further to the right than most. But note that you can tell that I sleep at the normal East Coast time. 4/
I've been thinking a lot about humans' behaving increasingly like bots online, and between the odd sleep pattern and the rapid-fire tweet bursts, #MAGABomber seems like a good example. (NB: I am not suggesting that #MAGAbomber is a bot!) 5/
Finally, for journalists/researchers/others with a real need, I can share the raw data, but I don't want to be inundated with requests. If you want it, send me an e-mail with your affiliation/need, and I'll send two TSV files with the tweets. 6/6
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