NetProspex has their own social index (NPSI) which is determined by how contacts rate in the following areas:
Social connectedness: The number of employees with at least one social media profile
Social friendliness and reach: The average number of connections per employee across major social networks
Social activity: The average number of tweets, number of followers, and number of users following
Looking at these factors, San Francisco came out on top with the tech-minded folks in San Jose, California running a close second. Los Angeles (9) and Seattle (6) also made the top ten, while only New York (3) and Boston (5) ranked for the East Coast.
New York got a huge boost thanks to Twitter with only San Francisco ranking as high for number of tweets, number of contacts, frequency and sophistication of tweets. Though how they measured “sophistication” I’ll never know. Looking only at the cities in the top 10, Seattle had the lowest Twitter score.
California and Texas were the only states to have multiple cities in the top 15. California I get, by why Texas?
And before the Texans get too haughty, the study showed the New Yorkers have almost twice the number of social media friends as anyone in Houston. So take that.
What’s to be learned from all of this? Probably nothing. But if you’re a business person on the West Coast you now have something new to talk about when you start Twittering, Facebooking and getting Linkedin, come Monday morning.