Lamenting the Loss of Twitter Local

Until recently, one of the go-to items in my Twitter Toolbox was Twitter Local, which enabled you to locate area tweeters simply by plugging in a ZIP code. When embracing Twitter as an outreach tool, it’s important to identify those from your virtual network who phyiscally exist within your service area.

A few weeks ago, my Twitter Local feed stopped working. I finally got it into my head to investigate. The main page for the site states:

Since Twitter cut off their Jabber feed from TwitterLocal, we had to rely purely on the XML API, which meant that only about 20% of Tweets from the public timeline got into TwitterLocal. Now that Twitter has a location-based search API, we don’t have to cache the posts anymore.

I’ve been playing with the features on Twitter Search, and so far I haven’t been able to replicate the simplicity of Twitter Local. Does anyone have any advice, or has anyone come up with a suitable workaround? I’m looking for a steadily updated feed of tweeters from a given area. This could be ZIP code, town name, or some other geographic location.

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