Neighbourhood Twitter Walkabout
On the 31st of January we set off on our first “get to know your neighbourhood” walk. We wanted to find out about what residents’ thought of the different places we walked through. To do this, we teamed up with Stickyworld, a powerful online contextual commenting portal, and set about capturing the views and observations of participants using geolocated tweets. The tweets were then uploaded to a dedicated HopCroft Online Discussion Forum. This enabled participants to share an exact point of view on any location.
Despite the cold, we had 7 local residents join. We were lucky to also have Nicolas Taylor join us, who is an Architectural Historian and was able to point out all the interesting historical facts about the area. We compared old and new maps before we set off.
Taking a random route, we walk through different parts of our neighbourhood, exploring and discovering new places that some of us had never been to before, even after living in the area for so long! We snapped some pics and tweeted them along with our views about what we discovered, using key #hashtags to categorise our findings. It was interesting to find so many pockets of opportunity to improve our neighbourhood and now hope that many more of you will visit the Online Discussion Forum and add your comments. We finished our walk with a well deserved pint and burger at the London Beer Dispensary!
Continue to Participate your Views via Twitter & Stickyworld
The Online Discussion Forum is publicly open for anyone to contribute to the existing discussions. Tell us whether you agree or disagree with the suggestions already on the portal. We want to capture ideas from everyone in the community and provoke a positive discussion about the issues, as well as the things we love about the area. In addition to the twitter discussions, you can add your point of view via the Online Map. We plan to hold another “get to know your neighbourhood” twitter walk in the near future. In the mean time, anyone can contribute at any time as you walk about your daily routes. Here’s how:
Tweet Your Neighbourhood Observations – Guide for Participants
Before you start your own walk, make sure:
- You have a smartphone with full battery
- You have twitter’s app installed
- Your location settings are on for twitter
- Bring comfy shoes and dress for the weather!
What to Tweet:
- Open Twitter
- Tweet an observation, a compelling question, an opportunity to change something for the better, something you come across that you love about the Neighbourhood, or even an interesting story about what you spot. Or tell us how the space made you feel, your perceptions or what you experienced in the place
- Take and add the photo
- Click on the location icon to attach a location to the tweet
- Include #hashtags that will help you categorise key issues (e.g. #HonorOakPark, #CroftonPark, #ListedBuildings, #Heritage, #Architecture, #OpenSpace, #Nature, #CommunityServices, #MapForAccess, #LoudNoise, #TastyFood, etc)
- Include the @HopCroftForum twitter handle
— Kay Pallaris (@MappingFutures) January 24, 2015