When we first decided to crown one town America’s Most Socially Networked City, our money was on Palo Alto…But the title instead goes to Washington D.C., a city where staying connected can get out the vote, and virtual handshakes help shape our nation.
We started by calculating the number of Facebook and LinkedIn users per capita, followed by overall Twitter usage (NetProspex). Then we looked at traffic generated by the major social networks, including Myspace, Friendster, Reddit, and Digg (analyzed by ad network Chitika). Finally, after factoring in the percentage of households that check out chat rooms and blogs (SimplyMap), we had the results…
I know that Twitter was only part of the equation used for determining each city’s score, but since it was, I can’t help but wonder if our city’s racial composition has anything to do with this win. After all, Twitter is disproportionately popular with African-Americans.
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