The MP with the most Twitter ‘klout’

How Tony Clement got to be the most influential man in Ottawa


At least so far as Twitter is concerned, Industry Minister Tony Clement might claim to be the most influential man in Ottawa. According to Klout.com, which measures the reach of and demand for one’s tweets, the frequently tweeting minister rates 72 (out of a possible 100) in influence—14 points ahead of his boss, Prime Minister Stephen Harper.

Social media—whatever its potential for embarrassment—has become a necessary public relations tool for the modern politician, and Twitter has brought in a new era of instant communication. Clement uses the 140-character messaging service to discuss his daily activities and taste in music, but also once related his attempts to save a drowning woman. On several occasions, Clement, who has been front and centre on a number of controversial issues over the last year, has taken to Twitter to battle criticism of his decisions and policies. Earlier this month, he used Twitter to announce his government’s intention to overturn a CRTC decision on Internet usage—an announcement that has started a debate over the role and place of Twitter in the business of government.

For all that, Clement has won a reputation as a prominent tweeter. His score of 72 outpaces not only Harper, but also cabinet colleagues Jason Kenney and James Moore (57 for both), who post regularly on Twitter. Harper trails both Liberal Leader Michael Ignatieff (69) and NDP Leader Jack Layton (65), but is four points ahead of Gilles Duceppe (54). Liberal foreign affairs critic Bob Rae rates a 58, while Layton’s wife, NDP MP Olivia Chow, scores 55. For the sake of comparison, U.S. President Barack Obama rates an 88, while Sarah Palin scores 75. All remain well back of Justin Bieber, who rates a perfect 100.

Clement’s unquestioned domination of the tweet may soon be challenged, though. The House of Commons recently approved Twitter applications for government-issued BlackBerries, potentially enabling many more MPs to succinctly discuss their musical preferences in the near future. Indeed, following Clement’s lead, MPs might soon be hashing out complicated matters of public policy 140 characters at a time.


The MP with the most Twitter ‘klout’

  1. Will the HoC Twitter app have a little "Are you presently in an in camera session (Yes) (No) (How Can I Tell)" double-check safety widget for Mr. Dosanjh?

  2. He measures high in Klout, not so much for Kwality.

  3. There's a reason it's called TWITter… and Clement's the poster boy.

    • LOL

  4. There once was a halfwit named Tony
    Who spewed out a lot of baloney
    He's scrapped the old census
    He's lost all his senses
    Tony Clement's such a phony

  5. Amazing what actually talking to people will do to improve your clout, rather then just spewing press releases and soundbites through the mainstream media.

    • Ahem … "rather THAN just spewing…"

  6. I have followed Tony Clement. and it is actually a very sweet and entertaining commentary. My favourite was his twitpix of snow in his back yard on a Saturday morning. It shows his human side and his time spent in the Hunstville riding going to weekend events and showing up.

    • Wouldn't it be more interesting if he commented on his role in setting up the viciously Islamophobic Canadian Coalition for Democracies? That says a lot more about his real face than his inane "hey look at me I'm jes plain folk" twittering about the banalities of life.

  7. He got to be the MP with the most clout because the others all only:

    a) Have staffers posing as them tweeting approved PR messages (Layton, Ignatieff, Harper, et al)
    b) Block anyone who asks them a touch question (James Moore)
    c) Never use the service

    Tony Clement is approachable, does his own tweets, and says real things, rather than empty jargon and safe denouncements of embattled dictators. In short, he's the only one who uses the service for what it was meant.

  8. The reliability of Klout  http://www.searcheeze.com/p/nemedh/tech-e-social-media

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