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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I’m interested in the fact that the top four are international, and there are only three US cities in the top 10.
As far as Indonesia goes, I reckon it has to do with how we access the internet in general. Because regular internet access on a computer is still relatively expensive/difficult, recreational internet usage tends to happen more on a smartphone, probably a Blackberry. Blackberry is, like, superhuge here. We’re home to the biggest Blackberry store in Asia. As far as these Twitter stats go, it’s related to the high correlation between Blackberry users and Twitter users in the country. Basically, an internet thing will tend to get popular here if there is an efficient mobile app for it (e.g. Twitter, Facebook). Whereas in the USA, you can expect most businesses to have a website, in Indonesia not so much, especially with smaller businesses. It’s not uncommon for business cards to list a Facebook page, a Twitter account, and/or a BBM ID instead. In a sense, Jakarta being the most tweeterful city isn’t just a sign of how popular Twitter is here, but a sign of how popular Blackberry smartphones are too.