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On Twitter, #OWS is Alive and Kicking in Many Cities

BY Micah L. Sifry | Tuesday, October 25 2011

While the focus of the Occupy movement is obviously Wall Street, and the bulk of the media attention is on the people encamped and encircling Zuccotti Park in downtown Manhattan, the other big story of the OWS movement is how rapidly it has spread to dozens of other cities, large and small. One illustration of the vibrancy of these other encampments is the ongoing Twitter conversations using their hashtags.

Below are two charts provided to techPresident by Gilad Lotan, VP of R&D at SocialFlow. (He and his team wrote a very interesting article last week examining how hard it is for a hashtag like #OWS to trend on Twitter, and a follow-up post on how the #OWS hashtag spread online.)

This first chart shows that there is a robust daily pulse of conversation around the occupations in Los Angeles, Washington D.C., Philadelphia, San Diego and Chicago. These are all places that have fairly large Facebook groups devoted to them--LA, Chicago and Philly each have more than 20,000 "likes."

The second offers a close-up of the data for the last three days related to those cities. As you can see, the chatter is constant. Even without high-profile media attention, people interested in what is going on with these cities' protests are very engaged, on a minute-by-minute basis.

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