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Philadelphia: Home of the Rudest Twitter Users

Brotherly love? Not on Twitter.

By Kristin Wong Aug 23, 2012 3:16PM

Image: Brigitte MERLE/Getty ImagesThe Internet is a scary place. While the Web has its share of uplifting articles and cute cat videos, it can also be a virtual wild west, filled with spiteful scoundrels ready to take their anger out in the form of blog posts, comments and, of course, tweets.

Ah, Twitter. What better way to vent your rude frustrations than online, within the parameters of 140 characters? And—sorry, Philadelphians—a recent survey shows that the rudest Twitter users happen to be from Philly.

A new "Twitter Heatmap" has discovered where the United States' most polite and rudest Twitter users are located. How did they accomplish this?

"We scanned for tweets containing phrases 'Good morning' and 'F*** you' in 462 specific locations within United States."

Because the map scans the Twitter behavior over a period of 10 days, it's difficult to be completely conclusive when pinpointing the results. But CBS studied the map long enough to proclaim:

"…the highest concentration of rude Twitter users seems to be from the Philadelphia area."

So do the findings hold true?  Well, as Twitter handle @LUMP put it:

"Study: The City Of Brotherly Love may have the rudest Twitter users…F*** this study. #Philly"

The technology, created by Vertalab, is actually quite interesting. On their site, you can click on different phrases. From there, you're taken to a map that shows exactly where and when that phrase is being tweeted most.

Because Vertalab has received a great deal of feedback about their technology, they're now offering to design custom maps with any given keyword for $29 a day.

But back to these rude dudes. Based on the map, Los Angeles is also filled with not-so-friendly Twitter users, as is most of the Northeast.

As for the friendliest cities, Sacramento, Calif., and Lubbock, Texas, seem to be home to some affable Twitter users.

Image: Brigitte MERLE/Getty Images

Aug 24, 2012 1:56PM
You wanna see some rude tweets? Google "Boston Joel Ward Tweets"

There will always be rude ppl no matter where we go. I grew up in NYC and let me just tell you that there's lots of rude ppl there I've also lived near the Boston area and there's also lots of rude ppl there bottom line is rude ppl have always been a big part of society and this UNFORTUNATELY will remain the same so let's just deal with it and try not to be part of that group of folks? :)

Aug 23, 2012 7:53PM
Y'all spelled my boy @_LUMP's handle wrong... :o(
Aug 23, 2012 5:09PM
Philadelphia:  A city full of Democrats.  Hmmmm.....Is there a connection?
Aug 23, 2012 5:04PM
Quick survey - 

How is it that you can generalize Philadelphia or any other location of the country this way? 

Would it be any different to say all Mexicans.... or All Blacks... 

I am going to place my bets that if this article said "African Americans are the rudest of all americans" it would be an outrage. 

Just curious. 
Aug 23, 2012 5:03PM
Why would we think its any different than real life?
I grew up 11 miles outside of Philly, they are the rudest, in your face, steal the shirt off your back people I ever met. And the in-your-faceness is actually looked at as an ATTRIBUTE. hahaha.
Then, I moved to California, where, contrary to the stereotype most people have if they've never lived there, people [perhaps because of the diversity] are not like that.
For the most part, they are polite and respectful of others....Now, that said, there is a certain group of people there that is low-rent, shifty, dishonest and untrustable, but that's another story, for another article. ; ) ~
Hell, we threw snowballs at Santa. [I know, he was drunk and dirty, but, see, that is the problem, self-entitlement.....that does not entitle you to throw snowballs at Santa.]
Aug 23, 2012 5:02PM

I didn't need a study know the rudest people are in Philly and the northeast.


Aug 23, 2012 4:57PM
i have to say some people who who live in philly can be rude BUT there are a lot of friendly people it all depends on which part of the city you are in
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