Live-blogging a creek because why not?
There is a small creek that runs from the Kansas river down through Shawnee, Kansas. It’s so inconsequential to most of humanity that it doesn’t even have a Wikipedia entry. But, to one person who lives nearby, it’s pretty cool.
This person is live blogging the conditions and observations there at localweb.is/turkey.creek.
You have to be in Shawnee to see their posts, which makes sense because no one outside of Shawnee really cares.
That’s the cool thing about location. Distance is a proxy for relevance. If you live within walking distance to Turkey Creek, there is some value to this information. It might be the case that you live nearby and didn’t even know about the creek because it never showed up on Facebook or trended on Twitter. But in South Shawnee, /turkey.creek is one of the most active slashes and if you are browsing the local web, you can’t miss it.
This local web blogger sharing something special with the world, but given the distance limitations of the local web, he’s only sharing it with the world that might care. That is the power of the local web.
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Organizing your neighborhood with out jumping through hoops
Lake View is a community on Chicago’s North Side. It’s home to Wrigley’s Field and also a 100,000 residents. It doesn’t get the attention for it crime that the South Side does, but that doesn’t mean it’s residents haven’t had enough. They have.
And when the residents feel as if the local politicians and police aren’t listening, it’s time to take matters into their own hands and get organized.
At a community meeting with over 100 residents in attendance, the ‘slash’ /take.back.lakeview was shared as a way to communicate. There are other platforms to communicate on, but many platforms require onerous sign up and confirmation processes which can hold things up and slow momentum. If you were at this meeting, and you had a browser on your phone, you could participate in /take.back.lakeview within a few seconds. You don’t even have to sign up to read what’s being said.
Communicating among each other is good, but what about spreading the word? By simply posting in /take.back.lakeview, residents are pushing that slash to the top of the frontpage on Localweb.is on the north side of Chicago. If you check the local web there, you will see this slash at number one. This serves to bring in new residents who may be out of reach of the other organizing tools which don’t serve location particularly well.
The Localweb front page is a snapshot of what people in the area are thinking and talking about. In the Lake View neighborhood of Chicago, it’s about taking back their community.
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