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Local Tweets: How Twitter is promoting more community awareness

May 13, 2009

When a momentous event occurs (Swine Flu, Mumbai Attacks, etc.), Twitter is often one of the first places online users go to talk about it. Twitter allows for the larger conversations to happen between people who can’t sit in the same room and discuss. Important topics, serious events, and interesting ideas are constantly tweeted by twitter-lovers around the world. Tweeting has become a global phenomenon—tweets can be translated into any language (@OHT)—and people are becoming more aware of what is happening, and being talked about, around the world.

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But what about the events occurring in your own backyard? Don’t you want to know if that crumbling house at the end of the alley really is a Meth lab? Of if there is a ten-car pileup blocking the Franklin Boulevard entrance to I-5, meaning you’ll have to drive all the way across town and likely miss cocktail hour at the bar? If either of these scenarios concerns you, consider using Twitter to stay updated with breaking local news and events. 

 

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CEO Evan Williams sees the perks of local buzz on Twitter, stating in a recent interview, “[Twitter] lets people know what’s happening in their immediate vicinity…[and can] actively ping users about local events that are going on in their neighborhood, in real-time, based on the location they’ve indicated”. Read more about Williams’ interview here.

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In Eugene, Oregon, there are many Twitterers to follow, ranging from news sources to local breweries. Some Twitter participants include:

Oregon Sports @GoDucksdotCom

University of Oregon News @UOregonNews

UO Daily Emerald @dailyemerald

KMTR News @kmtr

KEZI 9 News @KEZI9 

Eugene Police Department @EugenePolice

WOW Hall @WOWHall

Eugene Weekly @eugeneweekly

Ninaksi Brewing @ninkasi

Perugino Café @PeruginoCafe

Eugene Coffee Company @EugeneCoffeeCo

Serena Markstrom at the Register Guard Ticket @rgticket

MyEugene @MyEugene

For more information on Twitter serving local communities, check out these articles:

 http://mediabullseye.com/mb/2009/02/unlocking-twitters-local-news.html

 http://www.neowin.net/news/main/09/03/07/twitter-getting-ready-to-serve-local-news-to-user

http://www.twitterlocal.net/

Tessah Joseph

Follow me on Twitter @tessj12

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4 Comments leave one →
  1. May 13, 2009 6:12 pm

    Thanks for the follow suggestion, Tessah! Two to add: Serena Markstrom at the Register Guard Ticket (@rgticket) and MyEugene (@MyEugene).

  2. May 13, 2009 7:10 pm

    I’m the furthest thing from an impartial source, but if you include Perugino’s, I think you should include @EugeneCoffeeCo http://twitter.com/eugenecoffeeco

  3. Tessah Joseph permalink
    May 14, 2009 10:58 pm

    Thanks for the input! Your suggestions have been included in the post.

  4. June 20, 2009 10:44 pm

    Thanks for the mention, Suzi, and the inclusion, Tessah.

    You make a fine point about the hyper-local value of Twitter. And it’s bolstered daily with the help of local directory and search tools like wefollow.com and twellow.com.

    Two other local info resource Tweeters: @DiscoverEugene and (soon-to-be) @MYOHM_dot_org

    Best,
    Jaculynn

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