For those who follow the British royals, an Esri map is available for the media to embed or share. See where the last 12 heirs to throne were born and track real-time Twitter reactions to the birth of Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge’s child.
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According to the New York Times, “America’s first Twitter Christmas got under way in earnest on Friday. Across the land, retailers and their customers used the social networking site to talk to one another about bargains, problems, purchases and shopping strategies.”
The article gave an example of a woman who had bought a navigation system that didn’t work. She sent a tweet to Best Buy’s Twitter account and within minutes, they had customer support helping her with the problem. Customers also reported useful information on what parking lots in what malls were full, with advice on where it was best to park to get to certain store locations.
I went to Twitter to check this out. Most of Twitter regarding retail was devoted to trivial comments such as, “I got this great sweater at…”
Retailers’ messages are viewed by Twitter users who “follow” the retailer, basically this means the retailer’s posts show up on their Twitter home page when they log in.
This may be useful for Cyber Monday shoppers.
A blog/article in yesterday’s New York Times entitled “Tweets will Soon Come with A Dateline” talks about how location is now coming to Twitter!
What are the advantages of a location-aware Tweet? Twitter users could choose to read all Tweets posted by people in their general location – be it neighborhood, apartment complex, or city. It might also be useful to locate the whereabouts of loved ones during a catastrophe such as earthquake or flood.
It will be interesting to see what developers come up with to meet this new demand.
Today I noticed that two geospatial companies had made press announcements regarding their presence on Twitter:
1) Spatial Data Integrations, Inc. (SDI), utility mapping, software development and comprehensive GIS solutions provider, is pleased to announce it is now on Twitter. Thanks to Twitter, both clients and prospects can easily track SDI’s geospatial projects, services and product updates.
2) Airborne 1, LiDAR and oblique imagery remote sensing services provider, is now on Twitter, providing clients with a unique, cutting-edge way to save money on their mapping projects.
Anyone can follow Airborne 1 on Twitter to find out at any given time where Airborne 1’s many LiDAR sensors and oblique cameras are positioned. Clients who have potential projects in those areas can then contact Airborne 1 to take advantage of steep “roadshow” discounts.
What interests me about these announcements is that the Spatial Data Integrations is its assumption that potential customers would seek out their most recent announcements and services on Twitter, rather than on their website. Perhaps, because some websites are not updated as often as one can post an announcement on Twitter, this could be a valuable venue for vendors.
The second, Airborne 1, appears to offer a great way to let customers know the location of LiDAR sensors and oblique cameras so they can then save money in getting a discount when the sensors and cameras are in their areas of interest.
It will be interesting to see what other companies will find interesting uses for a Twitter prsence, rather than other more “traditional” avenues.