The Fourth Branch

It’s Mueller Time

With Thursday’s public release of the Mueller Report, Washington, D.C., journalists’ tweet volume spiked … and so did their followers’ engagement.

Washington, D.C., journalists and pundits’ Twitter activity spiked with Thursday’s public release of the Mueller Report. More than 10% of the Fourth Branch’s 7,637 tweets last week mentioned Special Counsel Robert Mueller and his report. Their most-used words were “Mueller” (969) and “report” (961), while the group’s most popular hashtag was #muellerreport (32 tweets).

Public appetite for Mueller news on Twitter was also high. Both journalists’ tweet volume and average retweets peaked on Thursday. Typically, we see average retweets decline as overall tweet volume increases, but the Mueller news appeared to provide an interesting outlier for the Fourth Branch.