We created a visualisation to show how, once his identity became public, the mentions of Snowden quickly overshadowed the mentions of the NSA and Prism.
Who is tweeting about Snowden
We found 8,836,300 unique accounts that had mentioned Snowden in a tweet. Here are the 10 that were most retweeted or mentioned with regards to Snowden.
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What are they tweeting?
Below are the top tweets, hashtags, words and urls.
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Most shared urls
- Edward Snowden: the whistleblower behind the NSA surveillance revelations (The Guardian)
- NSA leak fallout: LIVE UPDATES (Russia Today)
- Edward Snowden: NSA whistleblower answers reader questions (The Guardian)
- Pardon Edward Snowden (The White House Petitions website)
- Free Snowden (freesnowden.is)
- Edward Snowden: US government spied on human rights workers (The Guardian)
- Statement from Edward Snowden in Moscow (WikiLeaks)
- U.S. charges Snowden with espionage (Washington Post)
- VIDEO. Espionnage : mais où est passé Edward Snowden? (Le Parisien)
- Statement by Edward Snowden to human rights groups at Moscow’s Sheremetyevo airport (WikiLeaks)
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Initially Washington appeared as the city with the highest number of tweets. By the second month, Caracas was the highest, as Snowden was offered asylum by President Maduro. Since then top cities have remained fairly consistent with New York, London and Washington all being in the top spot at different times.
Traitor or Patriot?
This chart shows the percentage of tweets that contain ‘patriot’ or ‘traitor’ when discussing Snowden. Obviously this can include reporting of other people’s opinions rather than just reflecting the overall options of Twitter users, but it is still interesting that there were a couple of months where the order flipped.