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Twitter goes hyper-local with 'local trends'

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 This week Twitter added a new feature that can make the service more relevant. In the right-hand navigation bar, under "Trending," you can now select a geographic region to see what's hot on Twitter in one of a few cities.     Only 15 U.S. cities and five non-U.S. countries are on the locality list, although it's very likely that Twitter will add more locations shortly.    Twitter last year rolled out a geolocation API, which lets posts from Twitter apps--but not the Twitter.com site--tag each tweet with the location where it was made. Presumably, Twitter posts from the site itself inherit their users' static location from their profile page...
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January 30, 2010
Twitter gets close to home with 'local trends'

This week Twitter added a new feature that can make the service more relevant. In the right-hand navigation bar, under "Trending," you can now select a geographic region to see what's hot on Twitter in one of a few cities.

Only 15 U.S. cities and five non-U.S. countries are on the locality list, although it's very likely that Twitter will add more locations shortly.

Twitter last year rolled out a geolocation API, which lets posts from Twitter apps--but not the Twitter.com site--tag each tweet with the location where it was made. Presumably, Twitter posts from the site itself inherit their users' static location from their profile page...


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