Try it Tuesday: Loci

The aim of Try It Tuesday – if it can be as bold as an aim – is to share a tool a week which might be useful to journalists. It might be new, it might be old but forgotten, or it might be somewhere inbetween. It’ll be something I’ve found useful though and one I’d suggest spending 10 minutes getting to know. 

13. Loci

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Where? http://www.lociapp.co/ (IOS app store only)

What? Loci is similar to services such as Geofeedia, allowing you to search specific locations for information shared on social networks – but has many other tools besides.

Why? When a news story breaks, eye witness accounts can be vital. But what if people aren’t thinking ‘I must tell a journalist’ (Fancy!). That’s where Loci comes into its own, allowing users to search very tight geographies for information being shared on social.

So for real-time coverage, it’s great, as this example of looking at pictures being shared in and around Wembley ahead of the Middlesbrough v Norwich play off final shows:

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It also highlights people who are nearby at any one time, making it easy to contact people who might want to share information:

IMG_9169 IMG_9170 IMG_9171And you can also search posts made within an area going back in time, so if you wanted to see if any video has been posted on to social from, say, the PNE v Swindon Town play off final a day earlier, it’s easy to do so:

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Thanks to Luke Addis of Birmingham Updates for the tip on this tool.

See other tools from Try It Tuesday here.

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