#Localday is May 1. Tomorrow, Twitterers will be tweeting their zipcode by hashtag, i.e. #94118.
We’ve discussed how Twitter is ideal for connecting communities. The intersection of Twitter’s functionality as both a broadcast media and an intimate “chat box” facilitates local conversation like no other application.
Yes, local Twitter directories like localtweeps.com, chirpcity.com, twitterlocal.net, and citytweets.net exist. After #Localday, it will be just as easy to use the search.twitter.com or twazzup.com Twitter search engines to find those who share your zip code.
Craig Newmark has been promoting #Localday; it would be quite natural to extend Craigslist’s reach by adding Twitter classifieds based on zipcodes – posters would have established identities and a local Twitter audience to connect with.
We’re particularly excited about #Localday because we’re building Twitter-based city and community sites across the US as a public service to facilitate community interaction. The WAV Group has put together an excellent report entitled Localism that describes the problems local merchants face in developing an online presence that filters through to a local, not widespread national audience.