Twenty-four #idleg Twitter followers can’t be wrong …

So this happened today. I learned I am a (very minor) Twitter sensation.

Bill Dentzer at the Idaho Statesman dropped a blog post this morning — looking at the Twitter habits of the Idaho Legislature (or, in hashtag terms, the #idleg). Citing research from Quorum Analytics, Dentzer (@IDSBillD) wrote about who lawmakers follow on Twitter.

You can check out the Top 25 at Dentzer’s blog. I’m just going to skim off the top of the list.

Topping the rankings, with 26 followers in the Legislature, is Gov. @ButchOtter. Stands to reason.

@KevinRichert came in second, with 24 legislative followers. Henceforth, I believe that these lawmakers should be known as the Richert Caucus.

It’s hard to take this seriously because, seriously, it’s more than a little strange. After all, my Twitter feed can best be described as a mishmash.

Like many journalists, I use Twitter to tweet and retweet stories: our coverage, and other articles that I think are worth sharing. (But you can also get a much newsier diet @idahoednews, so go ahead and follow us there.)

Since @KevinRichert is a personal account, many of my tweets are personal. Musings about music. Comments about football or soccer. Running photos. And lots of snarky repartee with fellow reporters.

So I don’t know what the draw is. (Or, for that matter, how I can get three more legislative followers so I can pass that Otter guy.)

In the meantime, I guess I can revel in who I beat in these rankings. There’s House Speaker @scottbedke, who presumably doesn’t need Twitter to get his point across to lawmakers. There’s @IDAHOgov, the state’s official website. Not to mention @LtGovBradLittle and @RussFulcher, the two announced candidates to succeed Otter in 2018.

Encouraging numbers. But I’m still not running.


Kevin Richert

Kevin Richert

Senior reporter and blogger Kevin Richert specializes in education politics and education policy. He has more than 30 years of experience in Idaho journalism. He is a frequent guest on "Idaho Reports" on Idaho Public Television and "Idaho Matters" on Boise State Public Radio. Follow Kevin on Twitter: @KevinRichert. He can be reached at [email protected]

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