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April 26, 2013

Twitter to add New Local Discovery Features


Wouldn’t it be great if you knew of events taking place in your area? Well Twitter wants to show you what people are talking about in your area. Is that new restaurant or pub down the road any good? Someone probably tweeted about it.Yes, it’s probably on Twitter. Or maybe there’s a cool local event like sports, concerts, fairs, you name it. Even business’s or newspapers, even people in the community are talking about. By localising tweets, you’ll easily know what’s happening around you.

AllThingsD, are reporting that the social network is preparing to introduce a feature that highlights tweets from the surrounding area, even if you don’t follow that particular user. Once the feature does roll out, it’ll potentially slot right into your main timeline, allowing you to see what people are saying about the concert, or game or whatever event you’re at in real-time. Instant feedback.

Over the years, Twitter has become a hive of discussion, a platform to see and read about what’s happening around the world. With a more localized discovery feature, Twitter could add a completely new way for users to experience their community. For a platform that encourages thoughts to be jotted down onto the Internet, local discovery is a natural extension for people to say what’s on their mind at any given moment.

Not only could localising Twitter lead to discussions about events nearby which would be great for both locals and tourists but, be a more powerful way to spread local news. Right now, Twitter is allegedly toying with either inserting local discovery right into a user’s main timeline, or relegating it to the Discover tab.

For something as big as this, it would probably do Twitter well to keep local tweets separate from a user’s carefully curated timeline. AllThingsD said the company is treading carefully with its decision; it’s unclear when and if something like this will actually roll out. The potential is certainly there to add more value to the platform, we’ll just have to see how it’s executed.

Source: AllThingsD

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Dave Thornton

Senior Editor

Senior Editor
Been involved in technology for many years, more than I care to remember. Live in Dundee, Scotland. I like Android, Windows Phone OS, BlackBerry OS and iOS, and love writing about all things techie. Currently have a Honor 6+, Elephone P6000, Nexus 5, Chrombook C720, HTC One M7, Nokia Lumina 625, Microsoft Lumia 435, Blackberry Q10, HTC Hero and iPad mini