It wasn’t a gleaming review of Kansas City’s social media capabilities but it was a review, nonetheless, that’s captured conversation among Twitter and Facebook users.
Men’s Health rated Kansas City No. 52 and gave a C-minus when it came to social media users. The article cited Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn usage, as well as traffic on MySpace, Friendster and Digg, a blogging site.
Skeptics question whether those examples are fair.
“They were getting into the weeds a little bit and looking at some of the blogs — and Digg and some of those other sites that weren’t nearly as common,” Adam Crowe, a tweeter from Johnson County’s Emergency Management Department, said.
Crowe uses Twitter to keep Johnson County residents informed on public safety issues. He’s also part of the Social Media Club of KC, a group that’s gotten international recognition.
“Did it capture truly the metropolitan area or is it only polling from truly Kansas City, Mo., which is a very limited area as a whole,” Social Media Club of KC Chairman Lisa Qualls said.
SMCKC is 1,600 members strong and is considered one of the top 10 social media clubs in the world. It’s a group that remains highly skeptical of the Men’s Health article but does admit there’s always room to grow.
“From a business perspective, our corporations here have always been a little more conservative, especially being from the Midwest. So, where we’re strong on the personal adoption, I think we can have a lot of growth on the business side,” Qualls said.
The list was figured by Men’s Health by calculating the number of Facebook and LinkedIn users per capita, followed by overall Twitter usage (NetProspex). Then they looked at traffic generated by the major social networks, including Myspace, Friendster, Reddit, and Digg (analyzed by ad network Chitika). Finally, the magazine factoring in the percentage of households that check out chat rooms and blogs (SimplyMap).
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