Sleep, “Tweeting Frenzies,” and Other Highlights of @realDonaldTrump in 2020

Nighttime Sleep Opportunity Chart. It appears that Trump had fewer contiguous hours to attempt sleep at the launch of his campaign and the end of his presidency, with the period between mid-2017 and mid-2019, a time when he was averaging a greater window between tweeting activity in the middle of the night. To produce this chart, we filtered for re/tweets after 10am and before 7am the next day, measuring the time difference between tweet events.
Figure 1. Nighttime Sleep Opportunity Chart. To produce this chart, we filtered for re/tweets after 10am and before 7am the next day, measuring the time difference between tweet events. We removed spans at the extremes: those that were more than 9 hours for spans of Twitter silence that perhaps had to do with other factors, as well as spans less than one hour to account for middle-of-the-night work. We then did a rolling 30-day average to smooth the curve and further account for the temporal artifacts of multi-time zone travel, for example.
This figure shows the number of “tweeting frenzies” @realDonaldTrump engages in since 2015. Not only does Trump’s general tweeting activity pick up over 2020, but so do moments that we call “tweeting frenzies.” The line is flat 2015–19 and then shows steep spikes through 2020.
Figure 2: “Tweeting Frenzies” Chart. This chart shows the “tweeting frenzies” (defined as at least 3 re/tweets posted within 10 seconds of adjacent re/tweets) during the account’s time on Twitter.
Figure 3. Scatter plot showing which day and at what time @realDonaldTrump posts for 2020/2021 only.

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Post Mortem of @realDonaldTrump

Post Mortem of @realDonaldTrump

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University of Colorado information scientists reporting on the influence of the 45th US President’s defunct Twitter platform