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Philly Earning "Rudest" Rap on Twitter

Twitter study analyzed by some to say Philly angriest city.

Similar to the reputation of Eagles fans "booing" Santa Claus, a potentially unfounded bad rap is emerging on how angry Philadelphia Twitter users are.

Ukrainian company Vertalab compiled tweets originating in 462 cities across the United States and created a Twitter heatmap based on attitudes. From that research, some websites concluded that Philadelphia contained the most negative tweets.

However, as The Philadelphia Inquirer pointed out, the study possessed some flaws. For one, the determination of positive or negative attitudes was based on only one phrase for each—"Good morning" and "F*** you." 

For another, while Philly charted high on some days, other cities bested it on others. And Philadelphia even earned the nicest city honor on June 20. 

Vertalab said it conducted the study by doing the following:

"In order to get enough data for creating an animation we scanned Twitter at intervals approximately once per hour. Number of tweets for each point in current scanning was calculated relatively to the previous scanning. Having this data we calculated the absolute distributed in time density of tweets."

Other news outlets arrived at different conclusions. The Huffington Post (part of Patch parent company AOL's media holdings) instead pointed to Chicago and Los Angeles for negative tweets. Syracuse.com said Buffalo ranked high, as well.

As a Philadelphia-based Twitter user myself, I usually find my interactions on the @RoxboroughPatch handle positive. 

But what do you think?

Roxborough Area Man August 28, 2012 at 05:33 PM
Alongside with the out of control littering problem, the rudeness and incivility of the average Philadelphian struck me most when I moved here, and continue to annoy me. This is such a great city, with so much going for it - why does EVERYONE need to be rude at every single opportunity? It's not being tough, it's not being 'Philly...it is being a jerk, simply because "...that's the way we is...".
Sharon August 29, 2012 at 02:32 PM
Having lived in Philly for 30 years and then moved to the south, I was in culture shock and for the better. There are rude people everywhere but Philly you take the per verbal cake. There are some nice people there , friends and family and then there are great historic places to see but the average person is rude and carry misery around like its a trophy. I am glad I got to leave and this is only an opinion so Philly people don't be hating on me.
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