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American cities’ nicknames according to Twitter users

America according to Twitter

According to Inbox Q, if Twitter users were to name cities across America, many wouldn’t use the original name. AGBeat is based in Austin which is known as the ATX (Austin, TX), but even people in the city sometimes don’t know the reference when we use the nickname over the standard name. As a Realtor, you probably already know these nicknames, but it is interesting to take a peek and see what Twitter users are referring to your city as.

Inbox Q went through geotagged data of Twitter users’ locations to determine what they have been calling their city and although some were commonly in use already like “Hotlanta,” which everyone knows is Atlanta (which we give credit to the rap industry for making mainstream), others may be less obvious to those out of touch with pop culture (aka Will Ferrell movies) like San Diego.

The inforaphic produced by Inbox Q is also one indicator of peoples’ attitude toward their hometown be it negative or positive, but most pertain to local landmarks, companies or staples or look to pop culture as inspiration.

Interestingly, the map is a source of fighting words. That’s right, fighting words. Jacksonville, Florida is calling themselves the “First Coast.” What do YOU think of that, California or Gulf Coast peeps? And Fort Worth, Texas calling themselves “Funkytown,” what is that? Have you ever been to Fort Worth? As people who go there frequently, we have to ask where the “funk” is hiding? (That’s our inner Austin-is-the-best-city-in-the-world-let-alone-Texas attitude talking). Also, “Home of NASCAR,” really? Are there really that many people in Charlotte that refer to their city as nothing more than the home of NASCAR? That can’t be- there are so many amazing things about Charlotte and pretty much everyone we know from Charlotte hates NASCAR, so… See? This could get ugly.

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  1. Paula Henry

    June 19, 2011 at 8:48 am

    I have never heard of most of these and makes you wonder why. IndiaNAPolis is Naptown, but that makes sense. I'd love to know the history of some of these; I'm sure a few would make a really funny post.

  2. Alvaro Coraspe

    June 19, 2011 at 10:09 pm


    I can't wait to share it!

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