Twitter Local Trends: Campus Useful?


Twitterati who logged onto Twitter at any point from last Wednesday on discovered a new feature at their disposal. Local trends is here, a way for people to track tweets on a localized level. Specifically, if you want to know what is going on in the area where you live, then local trends will list those tweets for you.

Relevant Trends

TwitterThis can be a good thing for a number of reasons. While general trends can sometimes be useful, oftentimes they include irrelevant topics, at least those things which may not be important to you.

Sure, Lady Gaga may be someone you follow, but a Twitter user in Norway may not even know who the entertainer is much less care. Now, that same person living in Oslo can find out what people are tweeting about in their city, perhaps giving them a chance to take in an impromptu art show or find a deal at the market.

Twitter’s Jenna Dawn, writing on the micro-blogging’s weblog last Wednesday said, “As Twitter evolves, and more people share what’s happening in their own world, we want to provide another way for people to discover topics that may be relevant to them. Last week we began to slowly roll out a new feature called Local Trends to expose what people are talking about on the state and city level, and today we’ve fully launched so everyone can use it.”

Campus Trends

So how does this translate down to the campus level? Well, for starters the local search is limited to just six countries right now – Ireland, Canada, United Kingdom, Mexico, United States, and Brazil. It also only tracks fifteen cities which means yours may not be listed. Don’t fret, because there is a tiny message at the bottom of the sign up section which says, “Don’t see your location? We’re working on it.”

If you happen to live in one of the cities listed and you do sign up then you may find something of interest to you. But on the campus level, a lot of “city noise” may crowd your tweets out unless everyone is tweeting about tonight’s basketball game, Professor Grimwald’s bow tie, or today’s coffee special. Though the local trends feature seems pretty limiting right now, imagine how useful it could come in if there is a campus emergency – your local tweets will most likely help everyone get the world out in mere moments.

Try Trendmaps

Of course there is always Trendmaps which already spots local Twitter trends. But when local trends is fully implemented, your campus happenings will likely find their place in the mix.


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