-by Al Ferretti and Skeeter Hansen
Twitter Tools (part 5 of 6): “Connect locally with Twitter”
Lately, we have heard that local business owners think Twitter is not for them. Their perception is that Twitter is mainly for those targeting the national or global market and not people in their town. This couldn’t be farther from the truth.
If you have a hometown business that primarily serves people in your local community, (not across the entire world) then check out the resourceful tools listed below to find and network with people in your local community.
Finding local Twitter users to connect with is great for networking, and also for getting relevant, real-time, local info. about things like jobs, news, politics, weather, food, and more
Geo Chirp works like this: on top of the page you have a Google Map; enter any location, and choose a radius below, from 1 to 50 miles. Then, adjust the number of tweets you want to see – from 5 to 25, and type in a keyword. The result is a very useful app, if you know what you’re looking for.
With LocalTweeps get found by tweeps near you, find tweeps near you is based on location or keyword
and post/browse local events and specials.
NearbyTweets automatically determines where you are, and loads up a list of recent tweets and Twitter users within a specific radius. You can change location, radius, and add keywords, and the results are a lot more visually appealing and easier to navigate than Twitter’s search engine.
A tweetup is an offline meeting of people who have met and organized on Twitter, and they’re a great way to both find local Twitter users and also take Twitter-based networking to the next level.
Twtvite is a good way to find tweetups in your area:Twtvite is an invitation service built for Twitter. They have a large number of tweetups listed and make it easy to start organizing your own.
One of the best ways to find local Twitter users is simply to search for them on Twitter Search. The advanced page of Twitter’s search engine has an option to search “Near this place.” You can simply enter your town and get a real-time stream of all the people tweeting from your location or near it.
Twellow is like a yellow pages directory for Twitter, allowing you to search for Twitter users by topic or name. The TwellowHood part is a reverse location look up for the greater Twellow directory that lets you drill down into your town or city and find local Twitter users.
Twitterholic is the web’s definitive list of the top Twitter users. It can also show you the top users in your local metro area.
TwitterLocal is a simple Adobe AIR application (meaning it will run on Windows, Mac, and Linux (linux)) with one purpose: finding and tracking tweets emanating from specific locations
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