NEW YORK (
) -- Forget cities in Northern California, where
are headquartered, and don't even think about Austin, Texas, home to a robust Internet and technology hotbed. Washington D.C. is the most socially networked city in America, according to a new survey by
D.C. is "a city where staying connected can get out the vote, and virtual handshakes help shape our nation," the report said.
| D.C. was named the most socially networked city in America.
"There are a lot of ambitious and driven people in D.C. who are trying to meet people they can trust," said John Brougher, a business development executive with
in Washington, who helps to organize non-profits and political campaigns via social networking technology. "People are always using social media to network."
The White House's heavy use of social media may be another reason for D.C.'s ranking, Broughner said. President Obama continually urges the U.S. government to use social networking tools.
Dozens of government agencies now have YouTube channels, Twitter accounts and Facebook pages, while the Library of Congress has posted thousands of historical photos on photo-sharing Web site
The nation's capital finished above Atlanta and Denver, second and third-most connected cities, respectively.
To rank cities,
calculated the number of Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter users per capita. It also looked at traffic generated by major social networks, as well as the percentage of households that visit chatrooms and blogs.
El Paso, Texas was ranked as the least socially networked city. Los Angeles ranked No. 33, while New York City came in at No. 53.
Here are the top ten most connected U.S. cities, according to the report:
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--Written by Olivia Oran in New York.
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