No matter what happens in this morning’s ballot over the leadership of the Labor party and the country, it’s clear that Kevin Rudd decisively won last week’s “vote” of popularity on Twitter.
Rudd featured three times in the top 20 most popular tweets about Labor’s leadership’s crisis, with a message about his resignation as foreign minister coming in at number one.
Rudd’s resignation message was retweeted more than 1000 times, according to data compiled by social news site The Wall.
Prime Minister Julia Gillard came in 7th, with a tweet announcing this morning’s ballot. That tweet garnered more than 400 retweets.
The remainder of the most retweeted Gillard vs Rudd messages from the last week were representative of a typical Twitter conversation: a mix of jokes, breaking news, insights and more jokes.
Only the hater tweets were missing, but those sort of messages are not usually retweeted as frequently.
My favourite is a gag from ABC reporter Annabel Crabb from two days before Rudd declared open warfare by resigning his post: “You have to admire Kevin Rudd’s attention to detail. Continuing a Mexican standoff, actually IN MEXICO … respect.”
Rudd also beat Gillard in mentions of his name and his Twitter account.
While aa short-lived battle over a hashtag for the leadership tussle was decisively won by “#respill” by a factor of almost three to one.
20 most popular leadership battle tweets
1. 1072 retweets
2. 876 retweets
Bit bored of Julia Gillard now. Might ask Dannii Minogue to form a new Government in Australia.—
Elizabeth Windsor (@Queen_UK) February 20, 2012
3. 508 retweets
Blimey, Kevin Rudd, how many times can the same man leave the Australian Government? Someone get Rolf Harris on the phone.—
Elizabeth Windsor (@Queen_UK) February 22, 2012
4. 485 retweets
You’d better sort out your Government before one has you dissolved, Ms Gillard. You picking up what one’s putting down moonbeam?—
Elizabeth Windsor (@Queen_UK) February 23, 2012
5. 443 retweets
We are proud to announce that Kevin Rudd will be hosting rage every Saturday for the foreseeable future. Excessive swearing is encouraged.—
rage (@rageabc) February 22, 2012
6. 438 retweets
7. 427 retweets
At 10:00AM on Monday a ballot will be called & I will re-nominate for the Labor leadership. I want this issue brought to an end. JG—
Julia Gillard (@JuliaGillard) February 22, 2012
8. 379 retweets
You have to admire Kevin Rudd’s attention to detail. Continuing a Mexican standoff, actually IN MEXICO … respect.—
Annabel Crabb (@annabelcrabb) February 19, 2012
9. 335 retweets
Heading back home to Brissie. Not exactly the visit I had planned to Washington! A big thank you for all the support. KRudd—
Kevin Rudd (@KRuddMP) February 22, 2012
10. 333 retweets
11. 325 retweets
12. 316 retweets
13. 304 retweets
All Labor needs is 2 cases of beer and a belly dancer and it will be the wildest show in town, actually don’t worry about the belly dancer—
Barnaby Joyce (@Barnaby_Joyce) February 22, 2012
14. 273 retweets
Rudd/Gillard really does remind me of two pilots arguing over who gets to hold the wheel while the plane crashes into the mountain…—
Wil Anderson (@Wil_Anderson) February 20, 2012
15. 267 retweets
16. 263 retweets
I am confused. Has Kevin Rudd resigned from all politics, or just the one-dayers?—
Phil Branagan (@philbranagan) February 22, 2012
17. 236 retweets
Rudd-Gillard debacle sign of Australia’s privilege: countries don’t allow themselves such diversions unless things are going v well.—
Alain de Botton (@alaindebotton) February 23, 2012
(de Botton has since deleted this tweet)
18. 234 retweets
19. 171 retweets
20. 162 retweets