Maaßen & Retweets

Aug 2019 preview Maaßen & Retweets

I created a novel technique to visualize twitter acounts based on the retweet behavior of other twitter users. The basic idea: If people are retweeting a specific account, who are they retweeting besides the account? I used it to investigate the fan base of the former head of German domestic intelligence Hans-Georg Maaßen.

The online news platform netzpolitik.org wrote an exclusive news article based on my analysis.

The article sparked some online rage since the headline was misleading. I did not have any influence in choosing the headline and only read the full article after it was published.

The code behind the analysis and some more explanations are on GitHub.