This tweet from @fakebrodkorb (aka Charlie Quimby) cracked me up:
Charlie reads Luke Hellier’s tweets so we don’t have to. After stumbling upon particularly redundant Twitter behavior, he dropped that comment. So, what was Charlie referring to? It started with this tweet from Luke Hellier at 12:29pm on January 15th:
Within the same minute, Luke Hellier twittered out the exactly message on the @mdetweets account:
A full nine minutes later (12:38), Luke Hellier resent the same exact message, but punched it up a bit with the addition of the #sd26special hashtag:
21 minutes later, that one caught Ben Golnik’s eye (12:59), and earned a retweet from someone with essentially the same followers:
52 minutes later (1:51), Luke Hellier tweeted the same thing, again, but riffed off Golnik’s rewrite:
One minute later (1:52), Luke Hellier retweeted himself using the @mdetweets account:
Nine minutes later (2:01), Joe Schomaker finally got the hint and retweeted Luke Hellier’s most recent version of his repeat tweets from his own account:
That’s a lot of tweeting.
So, what does Luke Hellier tweeting, retweeting, repeatedly tweeting, and being retweeted by other political operatives gain? According to bit.ly, not much. Here is a chart of how many clicks all of this tweets received in aggregate:
And here are the locations of those who clicked:
Forty one total clicks, with 33 coming from people somewhere in the United States. Here is the breakdown of follower count of those who tweeted or retweeted the link:
Luke Hellier: 511 followers
Ben Golnik: 393
Joe Schomacker NexusPolitics: 81
Clearly, there is some overlap between each of those accounts, but we know that there were 511 recipients of the link Luke Hellier tweeted three times from his own account.
Perhaps the reason Luke Hellier can’t get anyone other than two political operatives to care about this particular issue is because of write-ups like this one from Charlie Quimby where he explains what’s going on in a rational reasonable manner.
Related: Joe Schomacker describes himself as a public speaking enthusiast, but hasn’t had an original thought on Twitter in 10 days. Are his public speeches original thoughts or party regurgitations as well?