Twitter’s ‘Nearby’ could reveal who’s tweeting, well, nearby

Call it Tweets on the Streets.

Twitter is apparently testing a feature for its mobile app that would show you who’s tweeting nearby — whether you follow them or not — and what they’re posting to the microblogging site.

The feature — which, according to the Wall Street Journal’s Digits blog, is actually called Nearby — would work only for people who’ve opted to share their location info with Twitter. Digits describes it thusly:

The upper half of the “Nearby” screen is a map where a blue dot pulses over the user’s current location. The bottom half shows a timeline of recent nearby tweets, with icons on the map noting their locations. Clicking on an icon pulls the corresponding tweet to the front of the screen.

As you move around the map, more picture-linked tweets pop up in a manner similar to the way shopping carts spring up when searching for grocery stores on Google Maps. Seeing the tweets unfold in real time could allow users to understand neighborhood events, such as why a bunch of fire trucks just flew by.

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Posted in CNET on Dec 14th, 2013 by In The News Team   

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