By Steve Outing
I just discovered Tweetscan, which is a cool little service that aggregates Twitter posts for user-selected topics. You can go to the site and type in a search term, then see recent tweets (that’s what you call Twitter posts) that include your term.
Jeff Jarvis noted this over the weekend and used the example of a spring snowstorm that was disrupting travel at London’s Gatwick airport. Tweetscan’s search of “Gatwick” turned up lots of tweets by people stranded and bored at the airport, posting to Twitter from their laptops or cell phones.
What a nice journalistic tool! Next time you’re covering something that can be tracked with a common term, search Tweetscan and you may find eyewitnesses’ accounts. You can contact these people via Twitter for follow-ups. Sweet tweets!