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The (Kinda) United States of Wired America

BY Nancy Scola | Wednesday, March 9 2011

Click through to play with Digital America

The Washington firm DCI group is out with Digital America, a brand spanking new interactive map that displays the how many people are using Twitter and Facebook as compared to each state's population, numbers they say are based on the company's own research and U.S. Census data.

Click on a state, too, and up pops lists of Twitter and Facebook account info for that state's legislators and officials. Going full map is a great way to play around the information, though it'd be great to be able to drill down into the numbers. Social media is just one metric, of course, and one smells potential for mashups with the new data driving the National Broadband Map, as well as growth opportunities into tracking which states have open data portals -- and the laws to back them up.

But even at launch, Digital America is a look at how were primed and ready to move past the rhetoric stage of talking about any one "digital America" and start understanding the nuances of our connectivity. While 58% of Washingtonians (as in, residents of the state of Washington), are on Facebook, just 22% of New Mexicans are. And, contrary to what an alien might think from reading all of the news headlines of late, the pool of active Twitter users is still relatively small: even in California, only one percent of folks tweet.

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