San Francisco Is Tops on Twitter

The San Francisco Travel Association is the most followed tourism bureau on Twitter

San Francisco

San Francisco has been named the most popular city in the U.S., based on its number of Twitter followers, by NBC News .

NBC News looked at the 10 most popular cities on Twitter, based on the number of followers of each city’s tourism board. San Francisco Travel Association’s Twitter handle @onlyinsf is where the tourism board tweets about new restaurant openings, upcoming events, and area attractions and it has more than 99,000 followers.

San Francisco ranked above New York City’s @nycgo (73,000-plus followers), Las Vegas’ @vegas (69,000-plus), Miami’s @miamiandbeaches (51,000-plus) and Philadelphia’s @visitphilly (40,000-plus) in the number of followers. 

"For us, social media is not about discounting or deals or just accumulating lots of followers. We look to create and share content through social media that our audience is looking for and or is looking to experience," said Joe D’Alessandro, president and CEO of the San Francisco Travel Association. "We want to give them enough things to fill up their bucket list, so they have their entire vacation mapped out before they even get to San Francisco."

No doubt food is one of the city’s features that attracts thousands of visitors each year; San Francisco topped a Huffington Post list for most restaurants in the U.S. (39.3 restaurants per 10,000 households) in 2012. Throngs of visitors are attracted to Fisherman’s Wharf and the city's Ghirardelli Square is famous for its square chocolates, which are just one of the iconic treats the City by the Bay is known for. Plus, six of the city’s food trucks made The Daily Meal’s inaugural 101 Best Food Trucks in America list in 2012, with Hapa SF claiming the sixth spot for its fabulous Filipino food. For more food and travel tips, visit The Daily Meal’s San Francisco City Page.


Lauren Mack is the Special Projects Editor at The Daily Meal. Follow her on Twitter @lmack.