Social Media Newsfeed: Tweeting in Congress | Facebook Referral Traffic

In Congress, Republicans have more Twitter followers than Democrats. Study finds Facebook is king of social media referral traffic. These stories, and more, in today's Morning Social Media Newsfeed.

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Twitter.Logo_-150x150Congressional Republicans are Winning at Twitter in 2014 (The Washington Post)
I recently scraped together summary Twitter data – follower count, following count, and number of tweets – for every member of Congress. Some of the more interesting findings are below. MarketWatch
Republicans have more Twitter followers than Democrats. Seven of the top 10 most-followed lawmakers are Republicans. And seven of the 10 most-frequent tweeters are also Republicans. The Hill Republicans are followed by a median of 23,252 accounts, compared to 19,429 followers for Democrats. On the House side, Republicans have a median of 6,872 followers, compared to 6,015 followers for Democrats.

Report: Facebook Rules 1Q Referral Traffic (AllFacebook)
Facebook continued to dominate referral traffic in the first quarter of 2014, according to a study of more than 300,000 websites reaching over 400 million unique monthly visitors by Shareaholic. Shareaholic found that Facebook drove 21.25 percent of overall traffic received by the sites it studied in March, and the social network’s share of traffic was up 38 percent compared with December 2013.

LinkedIn for Job Seekers: Referrals are Everything [Infographic] (SocialTimes)
LinkedIn offers countless networking opportunities unmatched by other services. By leveraging one’s social graph and the “six degrees of separation” theory, the site stands out as a career social network, recruiting site, contacts manager and research tool.

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Twitter’s Redesign Makes the Platform Ripe for Recruitment (Mashable)
In related news, 66 percent of recruiters use Facebook for discovering talent, and 54 percent of recruiters turn to Twitter when vetting candidates. With Twitter’s redesign, that number is likely to increase.

Japan Studies Twitter To Better Gauge Foreign Visitors’ Needs Ahead Of 2020 Olympics (AllTwitter)
The 2020 Summer Olympic Games will be held in Tokyo and to better prepare for the influx of visitors from all over the world, Japan has began to analyze tweets by foreign tourists during their visits to Japan in an effort to make the country a more attractive destination. Using a data processing company, The Japan Tourism Agency will study a firehose of tweets from different countries to track the sentiment of foreign nationals as they visit Japan, particularly notable tourism hotspots.

Flickr Shows it Could Still Be the Ultimate Home for Storing and Sharing Photos (The Next Web)
Under Yahoo chief executive Marissa Mayer’s stewardship, Flickr has been making a comeback. It has been a glacial rebirth, but inch-by-inch the renowned photo-storage service has been rethought and modernized.

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HBO and BuzzFeed Team Up for ‘Awkward Family Viewing’ (LostRemote)
If you’re a millennial or younger person who’s ever experienced the awkwardness of watching risque premium TV with your parents, HBO and Buzzfeed have got the videos for you. “Awkward Family Viewing,” a seven-video series being distributed this week on HBO and BuzzFeed’s custom YouTube and Twitter pages, depicts uncomfortable millennials watching HBO shows like “Girls,” “Game of Thrones,” “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” “True Detective,” and “True Blood” with their out-of-touch parents.

Netflix Plans a Price Hike, Again (Re/code)
Netflix, which ran into trouble a few years ago when it raised prices for its video-streaming service, is going to try again. The company announced that it plans to raise prices for new customers sometime this spring from $8 a month to $9 or $10 a month.

Digital Roadblock: Marketers Struggle to Reinvent Themselves (SocialTimes)
Adobe conducted an online survey of over 1,000 U.S. marketers, and what they found might surprise you. One of the survey’s key findings is: The majority of marketers say they know they should “think social first,” but don’t.

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