Anthony Weiner Nearly Doubles His Twitter Followers During Weinergate
The Anthony Weiner scandal, which seems to get worse by the day, if not the hour -- pervy messages galore! Five ladies and counting! Possible underage girls! His wife is pregnant! -- has had an interesting side effect. Ironically, while the whole thing began with a wayward direct message that went public, Weiner's ineptness with Twitter has not hurt him in terms of gleaning new Twitter followers -- far to the contrary. We undertook an analysis of Weiner's Twitter history, via Twitter Counter, to see what, exactly, a sext scandal can do for your Twitter rep (if not for your political one.)
As you can see, Weiner is currently approaching 80,000 Twitter followers, averaging gains of 1,000-plus per day. Pre-scandal, he had around 40,000, holding fairly steady from May 11 until May 26, with a slow build from the 27th to the 31st, and then a spike that continues to climb.
Note the following key moments in the scandal.
--Over Memorial Day weekend, Weiner's crotch shot was accidentally Tweeted publicly.
--From May 30 through June 5, the origin of said crotch shot (and how it was released) was discussed wildly.
--On June 1, Weiner made his last Tweet to date.
--On June 6, Weiner admitted to inappropriate tweets and online relationships (with six women) in a press conference that was, prior to Weiner's appearance, hijacked by Andrew Breitbart. Women began to come forward confessing online affairs.
--On June 8, it was reported that Huma Abedin, Anthony Weiner's wife, was pregnant.