Ran across a post today that reinforced my deepest faith in Twitter. How a Tweeting Town Can Revive a Community, by Brittany Botti, described in thrilling detail how the author set up and monitors a hometown-based twitter account.
You can probably picture it easily: a stream of tweets tracking the real time life of your town. What could be more natural?
Botti suggests using Twitter searches to discover what peeps are tweeting about your town, being helpful, posting tons of photos, and a few other tremendously useful tips.
From my point of view, this is what it’s really all about: a community of people in constant real-time communication; an improved system of messaging so that community is continuously reinforced. When the community is defined geographically, I believe the results can be awesome.
For example, I live in a rural location in the south. To say I disagree politically with the majority of my fellow county residents would be to put it mildly. But surely we have a great deal in common nonetheless, as residents of the same area. Sharing based on our common location could lead to breakthroughs in cooperative understanding.
Twitter’s a no-brainer, one would think, for communities everywhere.