I wanted to hear all sides, so I posed the question on LinkedIn – which city is the “capital” of social media? I got a lot of great responses, but the answers left me with more questions.
What makes a city the “capital”?
Biggest SM user base? Most integration of social into daily life? Most Twitter, Facebook or Foursquare users per capita? A hub of social-centered startups? Is there even a rubric we can all agree on to evaluate this question? Based on the varied definitions respondents seemed to create for “social media capital”, probably not.
Can there be a capital at all? Should there be?
My favorite comment challenged the question altogether.
The fact that our answers come from all over the country and globe begs the question: If social media is a borderless world, can there even be a single capital? Maybe there can be multiple capitals, or perhaps social media should never have a capital in the first place. After all, traditional capitals are nodes of centralized power and top-down governance, ideas that seem contrary to the ideas behind social media.
So you tell us: What’s the capital of social media? Can (and should) there be one at all?