Now here's a great idea - using the fact that tweets sometimes have location information attached these days, why not plot those tweets that have been made recently around your physical location? Why not indeed - it's what Peek Around does, though note that its definition of 'recently' may be slightly different to yours...
The concept's easy enough, but there are two massive caveats to the whole idea - or maybe three if you include not actually being that bothered by the tweets of people who don't know from Adam in the first place - a filter to just show the tweets from people you follow already would have been a nice feature, even if you had to zoom out a little further in order to find content.
The caveats then:
- 90% of tweets aren't geolocated, either because the user wasn't using a device which was accurately positioned or because geolocation hadn't been enabled in the first place, often for privacy reasons.
- Given the first caveat, the chances of many people providing geolocated tweets within a mile or so of your location in the last (say) hour aren't that high - so Peek Around includes tweets as far back as it needs to in order to find content - and this may be back as much as a week, depending on the degree of zoom and where you live. I contend that a tweet from a week ago isn't that relevant anymore...
Those apart though, Peek Around has been implemented well, though there's no multitouch on the maps, so all zooming has to be done using the on-screen icons.
Published by Steve Litchfield at 8:49 UTC, August 27th