First Men’s Health magazine ranks Laredo as one of the happiest cities in the U.S. in 2005. Then Laredo Morning Times wrote a story about Laredo being ranked by Men’s Health magazine’s worse city to live in 2009 and also one of the stupidest in 2010.
Now, Men’s Health is at it again, trying to make us feel all self-conscious about being who we are and how we are (clarification – tongue in cheek). Now they are ranking us near the BOTTOM when it comes to our socially networked status. Only El Paso is worse according to this latest un-scientific poll.
Well, WHATEVER. If you are reading this blog post, you can attest to the residents of Laredo that ARE socially networked. I am looking at my friend list on Facebook which is at about 3,256 facebook “friends” – again, more evidence of social connectivity (clarification note – 1/2 of those “friends” are my family and out-of-Laredo fans, they don’t count in my point that those are the ONLY socially connected people in Laredo of the 250,000 estimated in this area).
Laredo may not have gotten the same points as other cities but it is a city that loves its MySpace and Bebo, still (clarification – MySpace and Bebo are older, less used social sites, ’twas a little joke that I guess is not so funny). Maybe a reader here or there might also want to give blogging a shot – and while we are at it… maybe start a texting, twittering & facebook campaign to let Men’s Health magazine that Laredoans know their way around a keyboard.
This is what March 2011’s http://www.menshealth.com/best-life/social-networking-cities?cm_mmc=MagURL-_-Apr2011-_-metrogrades-_-socialcities had to say:
We started by calculating the number of Facebook and LinkedIn users per capita, followed by overall Twitter usage (NetProspex). Then we looked at traffic generated by the major social networks, including Myspace, Friendster, Reddit, and Digg (analyzed by ad network Chitika). Finally, after factoring in the percentage of households that check out chat rooms and blogs (SimplyMap), we had the results you see below. Go ahead, tell a friend.
And with their last “Go ahead, tell a friend” remark, I recognize that I have just been played via social media :(. By first spotting this ranking in a tweet, then searching for other similar links on Facebook and looking up more of their Men’s Health “lists” on Digg, I have done what they wanted me to do. I have also used social media a bit more. Oh well, it was an interesting topic to rank. (Clarification – writing about this Men’s Health ranking was intentional but definitely not important. Maybe we bloggers will take up creating rankings for the sake of having others spread our results.)