Twitter Users Are Pissed About Most Popular Fast Food Rankings
Twitter users are confused by a recently-resurfaced fast food study from 2017.
The popular food app Foursquare conducted the "survey" and shared the results via Business Insider in November of last year. It's almost a year old and it's kind of hard to believe it's been around this long without controversy until now.
To determine which fast food chain was the most popular in each state, Foursquare calculated which chains had the most average visits per state and divided that by the number of franchise locations in that state. Their method sounds reasonable, but it obviously didn't work.
In fact, for a lot of states, the survey seemed to heavily favor the fast food chain with the fewest locations statewide, which is obviously not representative of the state population's fast food habits and preferences. For example, several people on Twitter said some variation of "I've lived in X state for years and I've never seen that chain here." The system is broke, yo.
This all resurface (and blew up) this week thanks to a Tweet by Cheddar, a news platform.
In true Twitter fashion, the replies are golden.
who the hell in oklahoma goes to taco bueno............. its sonic sis— 𝐤𝖔𝖇𝐲 ♥ (@kobychill) September 23, 2018
Legit never been or seen a canes in my life and I’m a California native— LEX (MARTZ) FINCH ⚡️ (@thealexa) September 22, 2018
Yeah so I googled Culvers in Kansas and.... pic.twitter.com/BaFJ79ZeHC— Dillon. (@DMcconney11) September 24, 2018
Did chick filet put this out? Who the heck is Canes?? Cali is In N Out!— Dres_App (@andres_rubal) September 22, 2018
Fortunately, there's a little light at the end of this weird tunnel:
Ouch! The chart you tweeted was part of a series of @TerribleMaps 1y ago based on botched #FootTraffic “analyses” by former @businessinsider distribution editor @MeganHarney21. #Foursquare already got their #shitstorm last year!😖 cc @dens @JeffGlueck ⤵️ https://t.co/b0vRcebxt8— Foursquare SUs Germany (@4sqSUde) September 22, 2018
Here's a final breakdown of Foursquare's bogus results:
White Castle has Nevada. Taco Bueno has Oklahoma. Culver's has Kansas. Cane's (which we've never even heard of) has California, one of the biggest and most culturally-represented states in the country. Wendy's only has Vermont. McDonald's has Alaska and North Dakota. Popeye's has Hawaii and South Dakota. In-N-Out has Texas and Utah, but not California of course, because that totally makes sense. Chick-fil-A has Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming.
Makes you wonder who sponsored this thing in the first place.