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Localize Your Twittering with New Twellow Feature

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Wouldn’t it be nice to find people in your own neighborhood who are on Twitter? One thing Twitter lacks is a good way to communicate with the locals. Twitterers are often wanting to get together in the physical world for business networking, or even just to hang out. Wouldn’t this be a lot easier if you had some Twitter friends that were already close by?

WebProNews is pleased to introduce  a new feature for its Twellow service, which lets users find Twitterers in their own cities, or other cities around the United States for that matter. It’s called TwellowHood, and It is a good way to connect with people who are close to home, but you may not have known were on Twitter.

Twellow Hood

If you are unfamiliar with Twellow, think about it as a yellow-pages service for finding people on Twitter.  You can search for things or browse the directory to find people who tweet about the topics you are interested in.

Twellow Hood Map

"TwellowHood is really all about bridging the gap between the immense world of social media, and the desire for people to find people close to home," Twellow Lead Developer Matthew Daines tells me. He also talks more about how it works at the Twellow Blog:

To use TwellowHood go to the main TwellowHood map at www.twellow.com/twellowhood. This will display a map of the United States (for people outside of the U.S., other countries are coming soon so keep watching this blog. We haven’t forgotten you!). By placing your mouse over any particular state you’ll see the state name and a count of the users we’ve positively identified as being in that state. Clicking the state will zoom in to show you the top-ten cities for the state on the map, as well as a list of all cities that have users in them. The list of cities can be sorted by the number of people or alphabetically.

TwellowHood KY MapOnce you’re down to this level you can then click on either the map icons or the city name in the list to go to a page listing each user found. Here you can view and choose the people you want to follow, just as you can in our category listings on Twellow. The map can also be dragged and zoomed so you can see the top-ten cities better, or to make it easier to see smaller states and Washington D.C.

Matthew promises that the Twellow crew is working on adding more countries to TwellowHood, so look for it to become more international in the future. He also says that other features will be on the way for TwellowHood. Look for it to go down even narrower than the city level in the future, like down to the zip code.

"With TwellowHood we are working to build tools that help make social media a little bit smaller, without losing the power of large networks of users," says Daines.

Twitterers seem to be enjoying TwellowHood so far:

Twitterers on Twellowhood

On a side note, there is an interesting video tutorial about using Twellow with Twitter over at Small Business Coach Online.

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  • http://creativeherb.com creativeherb

    Awesome tool, just found people I didn’t even know used Twitter.

    • Chris Crum

      Yeah, it’s pretty boss. the Twellow development Team did a great job.

  • Rich Ord

    This is a great feature for Twellow. Thanks goes to the Twellow development team lead by Matthew Daines!

    Rich Ord
    CEO, iEntry, Inc.
    Publisher of WebProNews

  • http://melaniekissell.blogspot.com Melanie Kissell

    Twellowhood is AWESOME-O-MATIC!

    ~Melanie

  • http://www.firmalatter.dk Ejvind Jacobsen

    What’s with you guys. ICQ, MSN, LinkedIn, Facebook, Digg, Twitter and so on… where does it stop?

    What about having a real life for a change. All these social media sites are becoming peoples main way to communicate.

    It’s great to be able to find friends, but why don’t you just make a big “yellow Pages” for all to look through?

    Just my 25 cents worth.

    • Chris Crum

      I would have to assume that the growing number of people using social media to communicate illustrates the reality of it. The nice part about TwellowHood is that you can find others nearby you and actually meet them in “real” life if you share common interests. It is much easier to do when you know they live in your town.

  • http://www.g34media.com Missy

    Yep, i dig it. Thanxs Chris for reminding me about it again. I had heard about it, then lost track of it.

    I found and followed a few local Twitterers. If you live in or near MS, follow me at link below. Thank you. Missy.

    http://www.twitter.com/m38967

    • Chris Crum

      Well, Twellow’s been around for a while, but Twellowhood is brand new. Glad you like it though.

  • http://esotropiart.com Phil

    I cracked up when I saw your head on Mr. Rogers in the email. Fantastic.

    • Chris Crum

      Yes, it was quite an artistic accomplishment :)

  • http://twitter.com/michaelvaliant Michael Valiant

    It looks like a great feature… I was pretty excited…

    But one of the real strengths of twitter is that we can communicate with people SANS borders. Coupled with the fact that there are plenty of WPN readers up here in Canada, it’s pretty disappointing that you stopped at the hoods within the states!

    Here’s hoping that you throw your poor cousins north of the border a bone soon…

    • Chris Crum

      As mentioned in the article, the plan is for it to expand into more countries.

  • http://www.mycashrevolution.com Merudh Patel

    Great job on this post. I just wanted to stop by and say this was inspiring. I’m looking into Twitter. Thanks for the advice.

  • http://www.yiwu-sourcing-agent.com Yiwu

    So good tips, marked!

  • http://www.flowersbypost.com Jersey Flowers

    will it extend to areas outside of the US?

    • Chris Crum

      Yep, it will extend to other countries eventually. I can’t say when at this point, but they’re working on it.

  • Guest

    Umm, Wow no one thought to just go out and talk to your neighbor? I mean what ever happened to real live communication. Have we all gotten so use to using a computer that you can’t even face the person that lives next door?
    Don’t get me wrong I like sites like twitter and facebook, BECAUSE I can stay in touch with people that I don’t have the chance to see every day. Like my friends in India or Paris. But the guy that lives down the street? What is wrong with a good handshake?
    We, as a society are so indivduated now, I’m not all that crazy with making it more so.

    • Chris Crum

      We’re not discouraging in-person socializing, but it might be hard to walk around your entire city going door-to-door to find out if someone is on Twitter. It could be done I suppose, but we just thought it would be easier this way. You can find Twittering neighbors with TwellowHood, but you can also find people on the other side of town, or across the state our country.

      In fact, finding Twitterers in your own town can lead to meeting them in person and a fair amount of handshaking.

    • Guest

      Hey douche, It’s about Web 2.0 and connecting. You are missing the point. I would not want to shake hands with the likes of you.
      Good day sir!

    • http://www.clocktowntoys.ecrater.com JackieD

      I don’t see Twellow as a means to distance ourselves further but more as a tool to connect with those locally. By doing so, and becoming aware of others that have similar interests and/or opinions it would bring communities closer and in a sense, “meeting your neighbors”.

      If you were exchanging tweets about a particular concern in your community be-it crime or schools,you may feel inclined to pay particular attention to something that was discussed. Perhaps knowing you are surrounded by fellow “Tweaple” (other Twitters) this may further incline you to wave hello to a neighbor watering their lawn or walking their dog. You don’t necessarily have to know where they live as the beauty of it all is that you will just assume whomever you see in your community, could or may be, one of your “tweaple”.

      http://www.clocktowntoys.ecrater.com

  • http://ucelebz.com Dendy Young

    I don’t think so if my neighbor on Twitter, haha…

  • http://www.marketappeal.co.uk/ SEO Consultant

    Please hurry up and roll our UK coverage.

    Thank you!

  • http://www.ejetgroup.com yiwu

    Great job on this post. I just wanted to stop by and say this was inspiring. I’m looking into Twitter. Thanks for the advice.

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