Originally published February 3, 2022
MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Wordle, the daily five-letter guessing game that has taken the internet by storm, seems to be especially popular in Minnesota.
The Land of 10,000 Lakes is the No. 1 state for viral gaming, according to a map of Twitter data compiled by education site Schoolauthority.org.
The site has tracked more than 2 million tweets about the game over the past month and found it to be most popular in the Upper Midwest. After Minnesota, the No. 2 state is Wisconsin. Iowa came fourth.
Outside of the Midwest, the game is popular in Utah and the Pacific Northwest. A handful of New England and Illinois states round out the top 10. The game is much less popular in the south. (Perhaps a five-letter word beginning with “W” could explain the difference.)
Wordle was created by Josh Wardle, a software engineer in Brooklyn, according to the New York Times, who has since purchased the game.
Wordle launched as an ad-free website in October and has since grown to boast millions of daily gamers, many of whom share their triumphs (or failures) with the game on social media.
This shareable quality has resulted in block designs – colored green, gray and yellow – appearing on social media feeds across the internet.