I got a queue full of buzzy goodness to share with y’all next week, but here’s a resource that can’t wait. You might have heard about real time search engine Sency. If you haven’t, stay tuned; I’ll have a writeup about it later on. Today I want to focus on one of its new features: Sency for Cities. the new Cities feature is available at http://sency.com/cities.php.
Sency for Cities shows you what’s trending on Twitter in 13 US cities (Atlanta, Baltimore, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Houston, Los Angeles, New York City, Philadelphia, San Antonio, San Francisco, Seattle, and Washington DC) and also gives you keyword search for the geographical area at the same time. I wandered over to the Chicago page and saw that the trending terms included Dez Bryant and nfldraft.
Which is great but I’m more interested in my Cubbies, so I did a search for cubs.
Here’s the real-time results, ordered by time posted. (There is a spam filter being implemented as well; my searches showed a few irrelevant/spammy tweets, but not many.) Tweet information includes how long ago it was generated and who tweeted it (Twitter profiles and recent tweets are available via a Sency-generated page). You can “react” to the tweet, share it on other social media (including Facebook and of course Twitter) or e-mail it. Also nice: the page URL for this search is static (in this case http://www.sency.com/chicago/cubs.htm) so it’s easily shared, included in a post like this one, etc.
I did run across a couple of issues. When I did the city-specific searching, I found a few instances where it looked like there SHOULD be links in the tweets but there weren’t. That was odd. I also noticed that when I tried to go past the first page of results for cubs in Chicago, Sency switched my location-based result to a non-location based list of tweets (and hot links.) And, of course, there need to be more cities available!
I like the trend list and I like the clean layout of the results as well as the static URLs. There are a couple of glitches but they look like just that — glitches — instead of design decisions. Forge ahead, Sency!