According to a recent Mashable article, Two Colorado Springs residents have produced an application that combines tweets that involve these certain hashtags: #WaldoCanyonFire, #WaldoFire, #waldocanyon and #ColoradoSprings. You may be wondering, isn’t this the same thing as scanning Twitter trends or making lists of official accounts? Well, for these two residents, Twitter users aren’t even their primary audience.
This application targets people who don’t have much of a presence on Twitter and it is a great way to get the story out quickly and effectively, while keeping people up to date with the Colorado fire crisis. Below is an example of a tweet that contained the hashtag #waldocanyonfire, which resulted in several retweets that has the potential to reach more views than there are Twitter users.
The two creators are hoping to eventually develop the tool to monitor other fires happening in Colorado and are currently considering creating a geo-fence, which would make sure only tweets created and posted from the area would appear in the stream.
In a world where social media continues to boom and people have become so dependent on it, we have evolved tremendously from using it personally or using it as a news source.