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Seattle Times news librarian Gene Balk crunches the numbers

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October 24, 2013 at 11:56 AM

Study: Seattle is top Twitter trendsetter in the U.S.

FYI-trendsDoes it seem like Seattle hasn’t spawned any pop-culture trends since the grunge era?

A new study says otherwise–at least in the realm of social media.

According to researchers at Indiana University, Seattle is the source of more trending topics on Twitter than any other U.S. city.

Take, for example, #ICanAdmit. This “hashtag” is used when tweeting something confessional. First popularized in Seattle, it went on to trend globally.

Or how about #YouWillNotBeTakenSeriouslyIf? Used when calling out foolishness in others, it too is a Seattle gift to the Twittersphere.

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February 5, 2013 at 2:29 PM

Seattleites are hooked on Facebook — Can we kick the habit?

A new study by the Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project reveals that most of us who use Facebook take extended breaks from the site.

Although two-thirds of Americans have a Facebook account, 61% say they will stay off the site for three or more weeks at a time.  According to the Pew study, the top reason people ditch Facebook is that they’re just too busy.

Well, we’re busy here in Seattle, too, but that doesn’t seem to keep us away from Facebook.  Survey data show that Seattle ranks 2nd in the nation for the percentage of people who say they have logged onto the popular social media site in the past 30 days. Tacoma is right behind us in 3rd place.  Here are the top-5 metros:

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