When Twitter announced that it would soon attach location to tweets, we began to imagine the possibilities. In fact, we made a wishlist of geolocation features we’d like to see Twitter implement. Our top request was the ability to see trending topics by country, state, and city.
Apparently, Twitter () thinks that’s a solid idea as well. In fact, the company has just taken the first step towards implementing local Twitter trends. On the Twitter API Announcements Google Group, the microblogging company announced the developer preview for the Trends API, which will open up a wave of new info on local Twitter trends to developers.
Here’s the first part of the announcement by Twitter’s Raffi Krikorian (bolded text is our emphasis):
“We’ve heard from lots of users that trending topics, as seen on the twitter.com homepage and on search.twitter.com, are a fun way to figure out what’s going on in the Twitter-verse at this very instant. The one feature request that we’ve heard over and over, however, is “what’s going on where I am?”. To answer that, we wanted to give you all a heads up regarding the new “Trends API” that we’re launching. This API will open up trending information that is specific to a number of locations around the world.”
“At a high level, there will be two new endpoints:
– an endpoint to give a listing of all locations that trends are
available for, and
– an endpoint to actually allow you to query by a specific location.”
Summary: The new API will open up the ability for Twitter apps to figure out what’s trending in a pre-defined set of locations. This means that while San Francisco will almost certainly have a set of local trends, my hometown of Princeton, IL (7200 residents) probably will not, at least in the beginning.
We look forward to testing out local Twitter trends and seeing what the company and 3rd party developers create. In the meantime, let us know what you think of this new announcement in the comments.