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How does President Donald Trump tweet? – 2016 / 2019

Analysis of Donald Trump in Twitter

Donald Trump Twitter: How does the President uses Twitter?

President Donald Trump’s tweets are a great way to know what the president is thinking, doing or thinking of doing. Donald Trump’s tweets open news broadcast and always that Donald Trump uses Twitter a newspaper writes a new article. They are also a great source of conflict and controversy. We have analyzed every tweet sent by Donald Trump since he became the president of the United States of America to see how he’s doing. The dates of the analysis are since Nov. 8th 2016 until mid 2019. We analyzed a lot of info and we can say: Trump Twitter, what a combination! He is probable the president in the world that uses Twitter the most. And when we say “uses” it means personally, he doesn’t have a team of people managing the account for him. Trump’s tweets are written by Donald Trump.

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This is how the volume os Trump’s tweets has grown since 2016

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Donald Trump keeps using his official Twitter account @RealDonaldTrump heavily instead of the one from the presidency @Potus. President Obama used to have a team running his accounts. Whenever he sent a tweet personally, he added its signature to it so the audience would know. Trump tweets today are considered a great source of information. We have to say that this analysis is based on real trump tweets, they are not fake or made up, those are tweets sent by the president of the USA.

If we take a look at Trump’s account since 2009, the year he opened his account, until August 2019 the evolution is quite interesting:

Trump tweets since 2009
Trump started tweeting in 2009. In 2013 and 2004 his activity was the highest. He pushed the break when he became president

How many RTs and likes did Donald Trump generate?

Trump opened his Twitter account in March 2009, since then he has sent more than 45k tweets, some of them are just RTs. The number of original tweets he has sent are 38,732 (until August 12th 2019) and on Twitter only original tweets can generate RTs and likes. In all this time, Donald Trump has received millions of RTs and likes:

Donald Trump’s tweets have received:

  • 187 Million RTs
  • 751 Million Likes

What did Donald trump tweet today?

That’s a very interesting question and probably it has a different answer every hour because President Trump tweets quite a lot, Trump’s tweets today will be on the news anyway for sure. Another good questions would be, what did Donald Trump tweet during election day back in 2016. He sent many tweets during election day but the one that got the highest engagement (retweets) was this one:

How many tweets did trump sent about Hillary Clinton?

Hillary Clinton was Trump’s rival in the 2016 election. He sent a lot of tweets during the campaign, that’s for sure and that’s understandable. The real interesting question will be how many were sent after Trump became President. The answer is 191, Donald Trump sent 191 tweets about Hillary Clinton after becoming president of the USA. And, by the way, he still calls her “Crooked Hillary”.

One interesting fact about Donald Trump on Twitter is that he mentioned Barack Obama 795 times (since 2009. He actually used Obama’s official account @BarackObama. So he mentioned Obama 4 times more than he mentioned Hillary.

Twitter stats of Donald Trump’s tweets

Trumps latest tweets are always on TV, imagine all the news that are based just on his tweets. Well, Donald Trump has written 7,225 tweets since he won the election in, almost 10 tweets per day. We are not counting here the RTs he has sent, just the original tweets he has written and sent. 7,225 tweets divided in:

  • 5,040 text tweets: tweets containing only text (no link, no pic, etc.).
  • 277 replies: tweets where he replies to other users (however, in this case, he’s replying to himself when creating threads)
  • 1,912 links or images. (some of these tweets are also replies, so we don’t count them twice)
More than 7k tweets by Donald Trump
The stats are based on the tweets sent by Donald Trump.

But, how many tweets has Donald Trump sent since he opened his account? Trump opened his account in March 2009. In his Twitter profile you can see he has sent more than 44k tweets, but some of those are RTs (tweets written by other people). So, how many has he written since 2009, here the answer:

Amazing Twitter stats for Donald Trump
Since 2009 Donald Trump has sent 38,732 tweets. Most of those are text tweets.

Does Donald Trump tweet from an iPhone or Android?

Since he is president, Donald Trump uses up to 5 ways to send the tweets, 5 different sources. Let’s remember that Twitter consider “source” the software a person uses to tweet. In this case, these are the sources Donald Trump uses:

SourceNumber of tweets
Twitter for iPhone6,461
Twitter for Android433
Twitter Media Studio199
Twitter Web Client63
Ipad35
Twitter Ads34

6,894 tweets are sent directly from cellphones, mostly from iPhone. This means that the president still uses his iPhone after all:

What hashtags does Donald Trump use when he tweets?

Not big surprise here, Donald Trump is using his campaign hashtags mostly: #MAGA (Make America Great Again) and #AmericaFirst

HashtagNumber of tweets
#MAGA12
#ICYMI9
#AmericaFirst9
#FakeNews8
#USA5

The real surprise here would be that he doesn’t use hashtags much, maybe he doesn’t need them?

Fox news and Trump’s tweets

We can say there is a bit of “love” between Fox News and Trump, they are the most mentioned news network in his tweets. We can say Donald Trump likes to talk about the media, most of the most mentioned users are media channels, that’s a fact. 2% of Donald Trump tweets talk about Fox News. And also, 519 tweets (7% of the total) talk about Fake News.

In the next table you can see a distribution of the mentions from the President:

MediaNumber of tweets
Fox News147
Fox & Friends136
New York Times61
CNN44
Sean Hannity33
Lou Dobbs33

Fox News is the media that receives the highest number of mentions. It is also one of the only ones that talks “nice” about Donald Trump. That’s why the president send tweets like these:

However, the rest of the mentions to the media are not that nice. For example, CNN is receiving many tweets in 2017 from the president that are not that nice:

Let’s remember that the one who sends these tweets is the president of the United States of America.

Trump’s most retweeted and liked tweets

In 2017 Donald Trump sent his most retweeted tweet so far. The tweet where he shows a video making fun of CNN News is the one with the highest number of retweets and likes. So far it has 324,000 retweets and 529,000 likes, these figures keep growing. Tweets sent by Trump about the CNN are not quite delicate.

The second one has is from 2016 and we already shared it before (a few lines above) where he said that “Today we make…”. This tweets has now 307,000 retweets and 529,000 likes.

We also investigated the tweet TO Donald Trump with the highest number of mentions, it is from Jimmy Kimmel and it was sent in 2017 (Feb. 26th and got more than 235.000 retweets)

Interesting facts about Donald Trump in Twitter

  • How many twitter followers does trump have? At this moment Trump’s Twitter account has close to 62 Million followers
  • How many mentions does Trump receive in Twitter? He gets 10,000 mentions in 20 minutes, can you imagine his phone?
  • Is there one fake Donald Trump in Twitter? Ummm, one? not just one, thousands!
  • Trump only follows around 50 people and mostly his companies, family (Ivanka Trump or Donald Trump Jr.)
  • CNN Trump tweets are not very “nice”
  • How much is a tweet from Donald Trump worth? Right now the market value will be 82k USD. However, since Donald Trump’s tweets get tons of engagement, its real value is 935k USD. Amazing.
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Donald Trump has an engagement value of almost one million USD

President Trump likes Twitter. Twitter Trump and Fox News is also a great source of information by the way, you can get a lot information from that and also great tweets. Twitter is the place where Donald Trump feels safe, independent and where he can say whatever he wants. We haven’t tried to judge the content of the tweets, we don’t care about that and we have more important things to do actually. Donald trump’s use of Twitter is very peculiar because he is using it everyday and each of this tweets create a huge controversy. The way he addresses the media has not been seen before, he insults and make fun of them. When analyzing the mentions to Trump Russia twitter intervention has a special place: there are 10,000 tweets (no retweets) every 3 days than mention Donald Trump and Russia.

We will see where this goes, but it seems like Trump won’t stop tweeting and that no one can stop him either. But let’s compare the value of the President of the USA in 2019 with an ex-president: Barack Obama. A tweet from Barack Obama is work almost double than a tweet from Trump:

How much is worth a Tweet from Obama
This is the value of one tweet from Barack Obama.

Sentiment analysis of Trump Twitter

Trump is sending, mostly, positive tweets. We analyzed the sentiment of the tweets written by Donald Trump and we saw that, most of the times, he tries to send tweets with a positive content.

sentiment analysis trump tweets
The sentiment score is quite high for Trump Tweets

Bonus: the president is tweeting in Indonesian!

According to Twitter, the president sent 8 tweets in Indonesian. We must say this is according to Twitter, if we look for these tweets we can see that this is obviously an error in Twitter detection language, because the tweets are all that contain the words “PRESIDENTIAL HARASSMENT!”

According to Twitter that’s a tweet in Indonesian. Why? We have no idea.

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