Twitchy
The logo of Twitchy
Type of site
News aggregator
Available inEnglish
OwnerSalem Media Group
Founder(s)Michelle Malkin
EditorLori Ziganto
URLtwitchy.com
CommercialYes
RegistrationOptional, required to comment
Launched2012; 10 years ago (2012)
Current statusOnline

Twitchy is an American Twitter aggregator and commentary website. Founded by conservative pundit Michelle Malkin in 2012, the site was sold to the Salem Media Group in 2013 and is now operated by Townhall Media. The site has sections for American politics, entertainment, political cartoons, and media.

According to Quantcast, Twitchy received nearly 2 million unique visitors a month as of 2015.[1] Twitchy's Twitter account has over 246,000 followers.[2]

History

Twitchy was founded by Michelle Malkin in 2012. In December 2013, the website was sold to Salem Media Group, a conservative Christian broadcasting corporation that had purchased Malkin's political blog Hot Air in 2010.[3][4] Malkin has been unconnected with Twitchy since 2015.

Content

Twitchy is a conservative website "revolving around provocative commentary on Twitter."[5] The website aggregates tweets, creating stories and organizing them into short posts.[6] The site has seven full-time employees and two-part-time writers who live in different areas of the United States. According to editor Lori Ziganto, the site "can produce 40 to 45 stories on a busy day."[citation needed]

Reception and influence

The website has been noted for bringing periods of Twitter attention to journalists who have been featured on the website, with some reporters regarding being "Twitchied" as a rite of passage. Writing for Cosmopolitan, Jill Filipovic, a left-wing feminist and proponent of identity politics, characterized Twitchy as a harassment tool that targets liberal journalists, often disproportionately featuring people of color and women.[1] According to a 2014 article in Slate, Twitchy had "carved out its own odd niche in the D.C. media world" and was "the rare site that has both broad-based and cult appeal."[6]

References

  1. ^ a b Filipovic, Jill (August 19, 2015). "The Right-Wing Hate Machine". Cosmopolitan. Archived from the original on August 20, 2015.
  2. ^ Twitchy on Twitter
  3. ^ "Michelle Malkin Sells Twitchy to Owner of TownHall and Hot Air". www.mediaite.com. Retrieved 2016-05-12.
  4. ^ "Twitchy Sold To Owners Of Townhall And Hotair". BuzzFeed. Retrieved 2016-05-12.
  5. ^ "Salem Communications buys Twitchy.com". Yahoo!. Yahoo!. Associated Press. December 10, 2013. Retrieved 12 July 2019.
  6. ^ a b "The Most-Read Conservative Media You've Never Heard Of". Slate. 2014-12-10. Retrieved 2015-04-14.