Filed under: Charlotte, community services, social media | Tags: back to school, bus system, Charlotte, Charlotte Observer, charlotte viewpoint, CMS, education, google flu trends, hyperlocal, parents, social media, swine flu, twitter
I’ve been cooking up an article for Charlotte Viewpoint about the role of social media in delivering hyperlocal news for Charlotteans. One of the examples I reference is a company called CleverCommute.com, which is simply an application that provides service updates on commuter lines through text messages posted by fellow commuters.
With yesterday as the official first day Charlotte-Mecklenburg students (begrudgingly) return to their classrooms, I thought about how that concept might also be helpful to the parents (and other locals stuck in the related traffic.)
I noticed that April Bethea of the Charlotte Observer encouraged parents to tweet their “first day of school” stories and pictures for all to enjoy. Also entwined are concerns about the spread of swine flu in schools, and I can imagine Google’s Flu Trends serving up data, in real time, to local parents deciding whether or not to send their child to school on a particular day.
Hyperlocal news delivery is quickly evolving all around us. Where else in our lives will it sneak in?