Satellite campaigns have been discussed as core parts of parties online campaigns. However, they are not well conceptualised or understood. I have developed a new working paper within which I analyse satellite campaign group Momentum and the Labour Party Facebook campaign.
Twitter Fleets are not necessary, nobody on the network was calling for them, and their implementation shows that Twitter has more interest in following the crowd than genuinely innovating. Instead, what we now have is social networks innovating from a position of desperation, focused on ‘keeping up with the Joneses’.
Where are Trump and Biden’s Facebook followers located? 2020 data shows Trump (67%) has far fewer US based followers than Biden (88%). This is a reversal of 2016 data that showed Trump having many more US based followers (75% US) than Clinton (56%).