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Advanced social media sleuthing

Geolocation tools help you search for social media activity buzzing in your beat, on your block and even in your building. The following tools help you search by geolocation information embedded in tweets, Facebook updates, youtube videos and more.

“Geolocation is one of the most exciting things for journalists out in the field,” presenter Doug Haddix said.

Some sweet tools:

  • Ban.jo lets you see the exact location of updates and tweets – great for scaring your friends at cocktail parties.
  • Mappeo is a YouTube geo-search, which allows you to see videos posted in a certain area. Search “Sandy near New Jersey to validating and verifying what’s happening on the ground.  
  • Geofeedia  is a more advanced version, and a paid service. You can search down to the building, for example to see everything coming out of the Aurora movie theatre. You can link the results with Storify.

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