Have you ever wondered who is using Twitter that is close by? Looking to connect to people in your city? TwellowHood is a new service launched this month by the folks over at WebProNews, which allows Twitter users to do just that. Think of it as a way to find your neighbor on Twitter.
The initial page is very simple, consisting of a few ad links across the very top, the nifty Twellow and TwellowHood logos. Those are followed by a map of the United States and Canada. Sorry for users of other countries, at this time only the US and Canada based Twitter users are listed, though the site does note they are working to provide access for users in other countries. It should be noted the parent service Twellow does list international users.
To find neighboring Twitterers you simply click on the map to zoom in, and once at the state level you will be presented with a list of cities that have known Twitter users. This information would appear to be gathered in two ways. The first way would appear the service is combing Twitter for profiles. I say this because I had never signed up for Twellow, the service before TwellowHood, yet I was listed and had to “claim” my profile. The second way is users manually adding their Twitter profile to the Twellow service, which adds it to the TwellowHood service. There is a link at the bottom of the page to do this, though it is important to note that your Twitter profile must be set to be in the Public timeline so the service can obtain the information.
Once the city is selected, users are presented with a list of Titter users in that city, sorted initially by number of followers. Each listing includes the latest Tweet, their avatar, the categories they belong to, number of followers, when they were added, location, their URL and links to any of a number of social network places on the web they are identified with. Users can view more information about the users by clicking on the profile name. This will give the 5 most recent Tweets.
One feature of the Twellow service, related to TwellowHood, is the ability for users to create extended profiles. This allows you to identify yourself better, as well as identify those in your TwellowHood better. This extended bio allows users to freely type a 2000 character biography, much more information to gain more followers and to identify better whom to follow on Twitter, and it allows some limited HTML tags to spruce it up a bit.
TwellowHood allows you to find people in your general geographic area, and since it links directly back to their Twitter profile, it is easy to start following them on Twitter. The TwellowHood service enables Twitter users to find other Twitter users and connect to them in a new, closer way. While still a newer service, I was surprised to find 26 people from my city, which has a population under 150,000.