One of the features I teach in my advanced Twitter classes is use of Twitter to find marketing leads in your area using the Advanced Search function. Researchers have been using Twitter’s geolocation and language identification data, but there are some limitations, as this paper points out.
Assuming you are examining status updates by hand, you are unlikely to detect false positives. Because most people don’t embed location services, your bigger problem will be false negatives, i.e. status updates which the search should have revealed but doesn’t.
Twitter does not allow you to follow an infinite number of Tweeps, people who have Twitter accounts. So you should regularly use a service like http://untweeps.com/ to eliminate inactive Twitter accounts you are following.
Those you can follow are a limited resource. Find the ones who aren’t tweeting anymore. http://t.co/1S5UpHvwli
— Ayman Hossam Fadel (@aymanfadel) December 1, 2014
1. Learn enough about Twitter to decide if you should explore its potential for personal or business use.
2. Understand the various devices and programs through which you can use Twitter.
3. Set up a Twitter account.
4. Decide whether you want your timeline to be “protected” or “public.”
5. Edit your profile.
6. Control email and web notifications.
7. Search for information on Twitter.
8. Understand the Twitter terms follow, timeline, direct message (DM), mention, retweet (RT), modified retweet (MT), via, trending and hashtag.
9. Send a tweet with a link and a picture.
10. Understand options when your content exceeds 140 characters.
11. Understand that you can integrate Twitter with other online content, such as web sites, RSS feeds, Facebook and e-mail lists.
12. Learn various tricks to limit errors in your status updates.
13. Handling spam & abusive messages.
14. Deleting a twitter status update.
15. Pinning a twitter status update.