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How to Use Tweetdeck to do a Location Search on Twitter

Map of real-time tweets

More and more tweets include geolocation meta data these days. This means that tweets are interwoven with GPS coordinates that mark where each tweet was sent from. There are sites that show live tweets on a map and the advanced search page on Twitter.com even lets you search for particular words in tweets from or near a particular location.

TweetDeck--the defacto Twitter desktop app for many social media power-users--offers custom search tools, but is lacking in the geolocation department. However, here's a solution. Use this workaround to add real-time custom location/geo/gps saved searches to TweetDeck.

  1. Visit the free GeoCoder.us to convert an address into GPS coordinants.
  2. Now create a new search in TweetDeck and phrase it like this: <phrase> geocode:x,y<km/mi>
    (e.g. fun geocode:40.736968,-73.989183,1km is a search for tweets with the word fun within 1km of 200 Park Ave South, NY, NY 10003)
    NOTE: 1km is the smallest radius allowed
    geographic longitude and latitude coordinantes
  3. Enjoy!

Tweetdeck Custom Geolocation Search

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