Taiwanese spots in list of world’s most ‘checked-in’ places

By Jason Pan  /  Staff writer, with CNA

Thu, Aug 15, 2013 - Page 5

Statistics have shown that, unsurprisingly, the most “checked-in” places on Facebook are airports, with many users on the social networking site eager to show off their travel locations to friends, travel news site Skift.com said on Monday.

According to data provided by Facebook and posted on Skift.com, Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport was the 18th-most “checked-in” location in the world last year.

“Checking in” is a feature on Facebook that allows users to catalogue places they are visiting or traveling through so they can share their whereabouts with their friends, family and followers, or simply record their journeys.

US airports dominated the top part of the list, while the highest-ranked Asian spots were Hong Kong’s and Bangkok’s international airports at No. 5 and No. 9 respectively, the list showed.

The first four entries on the list are all in the US, with the international airport in Los Angeles at No. 1, Chicago O’Hare in second, San Francisco in third and Dallas/Fort Worth International at No. 4.

Aside from Taoyuan airport, the other Taiwanese locations featured on the list include: Taipei Railway Station at No. 48, Shihlin Night Market (士林夜市), Miramar Cinemas, Tainan’s Huayuan Night Market (花園夜市), Taipei’s Ximending area (西門町), Tamsui’s Old Street area (淡水老街), Yilan’s Luodong Night Market (羅東夜市), Taipei 101, Kaohsiung’s New Jyuejiang Commercial Area (高雄新堀江商圈), Keelung’s Miaokou Night Market (基隆廟口夜市) and Taipei International Airport (Songshan airport), among others.

The data on the “checked-in” locations were compiled by Socialbakers.com, which provides statistics and analytical tools for social networking sites Facebook, Twitter, Google Plus, YouTube and LinkedIn.

Skift.com is based in New York and focuses on reporting about market data from the travel, airline and hotel industries.