Back in August, we shared some super informative statistics on the world’s most-active-on-Twitter countries and cities.
No surprise that the U.S., whose 141.8 million accounts represent 27.4% of all Twitter users, is the most active country on Twitter.
But the most twitterific city? It’s a little bit of a curveball.
Turns out that Jakarta, Indonesia is the world’s most active Twitter city.
It’s a nose ahead of Tokyo, but far and away surpasses the rest of the cities that make up the top 20.
Check it out, courtesy of Semiocast:
Let’s look into this a little further. What is it about life in Jakarta that makes Twitter so appealing and effective?
A commenter on Forbes provided the following insight:
-The Jakarta Police force has a Twitter account, @TMCPoldaMetro, which does a few vital things (and has over a million followers). It streams traffic-related info from all around Jakarta – accidents, broken traffic light, dangerous road conditions – so drivers can adapt their route accordingly.
It also works two ways, accepting intel on crime and traffic from citizens on the streets, then retweeting it and sending an officer to the reported location.
In addition, @TMCPoldaMetro helps route citizens’ requests to other government institutions, for example the Street Maintenance department in case of storm debris.
-Jakartans can, and do, contact government officials immediately and effectively on Twitter. The ministers’ teams or assistants help manage the accounts to ensure smooth operation.
The former spokesman to past president Abdurrahman “Gus Dur” Wahid also offered these two cents: Indonesia is a particularly “open and less private society”, and Twitter also helps fill the void of physical socialization for which many people in Jakarta lack time.
Sounds like Jakarta is one of the best examples of Twitter usage for the benefit of the public. Certainly services like the ones detailed above exist for other cities around the world, and there are other “open” societies that are less active on Twitter. So a part of the equation is just the Twitter-happy tendencies of Jakartans.
What do you think about Jakarta’s Twitter-tastic initiatives?
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