Why Categorize Tweets?

It gives potential voters, but really, all people, easy access to a politician's current thoughts on trending issues, category by category.

How Does It Work?

The app's proprietary algorithm scans the Twitter timelines of politicians (and VIPs) and sorts qualifying tweets into 8 key categories: Economy, Gun Laws, National Security/Foreign Policy, Race Relations, Immigration, LGBTQ, Healthcare and Climate Change.

Users can then click on each category to read the actual tweets.

How Far Back Does the Algorithm Scan?

The proprietary algorithm scans the 200 most-recent tweets of a public Twitter timeline and pulls only those tweets that are about a specific issue.

Keep in mind that for some politicos, 200 tweets represent the past two weeks (because they've got a robust social media team, perhaps) whereas for other politicos, 200 tweets may span back six months or even a year.

How Should I Interpret the Results?

Categorized Tweets is an extremely useful tool when determining which issues a politician (or influencer) is prioritizing during any given time and their stance on these very important topics.

If a politico doesn't appear to have tweeted about a particular issue, it may not suggest neglect or a deprioritization of that issue. It should give you a high -- and then deep -- -level understanding of what topics are trending, and how your representatives -- or candidates vying to be your representative -- are reacting.

Check back in very often, especially as the 2018 midterm elections near, and even afterward, to get up to speed on which issues are trending and the different perspectives that are forming around a topic. This is a wonderful tool as a prospective voter or as someone who needs a quick summary of current events before a work dinner or during a heated discussion.

What's Up With Some Politicians Not Having an "Official" Twitter Account?

Our policy is to only scan twitter accounts that are tethered to a Member of Congress's legislative office. These official accounts are taxpayer-funded accounts, and not campaign or personal accounts. Tweets from these accounts hold more weight because they reflect the politician's views as an elected official presiding over a constituency.

Is It Perfect?

Nearly. The algorithm is pretty spot on with regard to detecting if a tweet is about a specific issue, but at times, a tweet may contain elements that erroneously connects it to a particular issue. That happens every now and then, but not terribly often.

Why Doesn't My Zipcode Search Yield All of my US Legislators?

Some zipcodes overlap multiple congressional districts and thus those searches will not yield legislators in the U.S. House of Representatives. It will yield members in the U.S. Senate, however, since these are state-wide offices. If you know your representative's name, search using the app's Politician Search engine.

And sit tight: soon users will be able to use an address to search for federal and local reps. That kind of location-specific search will yield your U.S. congress person.

Is the App Affiliated With a Particular Political Organization?

Nope. We're non-partisan.

Who's Behind It?

The app stems from a project that Diana Ozemebhoya Eromosele –-a full-stack software engineer and former multimedia journalist–-worked on. She pitched the idea of categorizing tweets to her group members as one of the project's main features, and worked as its lead software engineer, writing the algorithms and developing the entire back-end of the feature.

She decided to launch that feature into this separate app, Categorized Tweets, which hosts a more refined algorithm and additional functionality, like enabling people to search for their U.S. senators and representatives using a zipcode.

Diana is currently working as a software developer at an ed-tech company in New York City.

Where'd you get the graphics from?

All of the category graphics are from the Noun Project:

What's next?

So much more. This website is in the beta stage--with a ton of features on deck. It is Diana's belief that all voters in every country should have access to the categorized tweets of every candidate listed on a ballot. Stay tuned...