The study, released by Paris-based Semiocast, tracked the number of tweets with location info in the month of June, 2012. New York is the top U.S. city for tweets, outranking Los Angeles, Chicago, Miami, Atlanta, and Houston. San Francisco, the city that the social media company calls home, doesn’t make an appearance in the top 20.
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There was a time, not so long ago, that people were certain Twitter was only a San Francisco tech bubble thing. Now the city isn’t even in the top 20 of cities with the most usage.
Two hundred and six notes at last count and only one person points out the problem with how this chart is being interpreted:
Thank you, unnecessaryknowledge, for your due diligence.
Worse is this recent piece in Esquire, which sasses little San Francisco in a similar manner:
TOP FACEBOOK USERS BY CITY
1. Bangkok, 8.7 million
2. Jakarta, 7.4 million
3. Istanbul, 7 million
Top U. S. City? No. 12. New York, 3.4 million
Uh … San Francisco? No. 58, with 856,740
Given that San Francisco’s population is a mere 812,000, one would think that the more-than-100% coverage would merit more than an “Uh.”
This isn’t to dimiss the growth of social media in outside-the-bubble cities, which is a theoretically interesting thing that someone should probably be documenting with care. This chart is a careless chart. I do not like it.