New Year’s Day has always been a time of sending greetings and good wishes to family and friends and anyone and everyone. Glad tidings have been easier to broadcast to the far reaches of earth and even outer space since the dawn of social networking services like Twitter who just recently revealed just how much that happened this year.
Twitter monitored all the new year traffic as clocks struck midnight in different timezones across the world and compiled the results in a simple infographic showing the top five tweet sources. At the top of the list is Tokyo and Seoul representing the Universal Coordinated Time (UTC) +9 timezone with a combine total of 33,388 tweets. This figure is more than twice the number of the second place holder with 13,336 tweets, UTC -5, the timezone for New York and Bogota. Not far behind at third place is another Asian timezone, Bangkok and Jakarta for UTC +7 with 11,675. In fourth place is UTC itself, with London and Lisbon, holding 9,455 messages and the last spot in the top five goes to the last timezone, Los Angeles and Vancouver at UTC -8 with 7,137 new year greetings.
The data gathered by Twitter confirms the results of a study made by French research group Semiocast in June 2012. The study showed the top countries and top cities based on the number of Twitter accounts. While it’s not surprising that the U.S. is the country with the highest number, Japan takes third place, overtaking even the U.K. at fourth. Indonesia is at fifth place. In the list of cities the rankings are reversed, with Jakarta taking the top spot followed by Tokyo at second.
[ via Tech in Asia ]
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