Twitter goes Local

Like Foursquare and Facebook, Twitter went local last night. If you were on Twitter yesterday or today you must have noticed the new local trends option on their site. The Twitter trends have been a common way for people to find out what’s going on Twitter at a given time. The trends also help analysts in determining what was most popular. And sites like twopular, klout and tweetmeme kind of depend on these trends. But from now onwards our beloved Twitter has gone local.

You must be wondering what that means and how does it affect you? Hold on! I am getting to that. Twitter has gained immense popularity in a very short span of time and the whole twitter mantra only works when a common group of people ‘tweet’ about a common issue or ‘retweet’ a post or a trend. It is a means of getting the latest, quickest and fastest news on the web. Sometimes this news can be overwhelming. Now with this new feature of ‘local trends’ you can choose to find out what’s hot in your current geographical location. And by following the local trends you can join in the conversation and be a part of the whole local twitter world. This is a means for you to connect with fellow Twitter followers.

In the past sites like Foursquare and Facebook have done this successfully. They have tried to bring together people in a common geographical location and grouped them based on their interests, cultural significance and activities. Let’s see if this new trend works for Twitter or makes it a little less popular.

Written for and published on the Amvona Blog

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