Twitter 101: Anatomy of a Tweet Part 4 (Location-Based Tweeting)


Sometimes when you tweet, you might finding yourself wishing to share a neighborhood, city, or even exact coordinates with the tweet. Here are some tweets that can be enhanced if we can tag a location to them.

Check out the work God is doing in this city?

Come visit our new church building?

Bring your donations on Sunday to this location?

These are great tweets, but how much better would they be if you can see the actual location the tweets are talking about. Twitter provides a great tool to create location-based tweets. Let me walk you through how to post a tweet with a location tag on it.

Location Based Tweet

To begin, you will need to log into Twitter, and visit your home timeline. Click in the tweet box under the question “What’s Happening?”. Once you click in the box, the tweet tools should display. You are probably pretty familiar with these tools by now, but here is a snapshot of it:


Tweet Box Example


Now click on the target icon on the bottom left of the tweet area. A dialog box should pop up explaining what this icon will enable. Here is a snapshot of the pop up box:


Location Dialog


As you can see, this feature gives you the ability to “include location information like neighborhood, town, or exact point when you tweet”. Click the button labeled “Turn location on”. The target icon will now be blue, reminding you that the location feature is turned on. Next to the target, you should see the city and state that Twitter thinks you are in. Twitter uses your IP address to determine your location, so it is possible that they might not be able to locate you. As you can see in the image below, I am currently in Pasadena, Ca.


Tweet Box with Location


Now if the location is incorrect, or if you want to select another location, just click on the location text. You will see a drop down appear below the current location.


Location drop down


Twitter will suggest several cities surrounding your current location. If you want to use any of them, just click on the location and Twitter will change the location. Twitter also gives you the ability to search for a location. Just click in the search box, and start typing the location you want to use. Twitter will auto populate the drop down as you type the location. here is an example of me searching for Washington DC.


Location drop down search Washington DC


Once the location is in the drop down, you can click it to select it. So select your location, and then add the text for your tweet. Once you are done, click the “Tweet” button. Once you hit the “Tweet” button, you need to find your tweet on the home timeline. Click on your tweet, and the details of the tweet will appear on the right. In the details of the tweet, you will see the location that you selected. Here are the details of my tweet:


Details of a Tweet on Computer


Twitter also gives you the ability to view other tweets in the location that was tweeted. To view other tweets in that location, just click on the location text in the details pane. Once you click on the link, a new timeline of tweets will appear. This is a great way to discover what people are talking about around you.


Tweets in Area


Once you enabled location-based tweets, all new tweets will be tagged with a location. Sometimes, you might want to keep your location private, so let me walk you trough turning off the location-based tweeting. Click in the box under “What’s Happening?”. Once you do, you will see the target icon is blue, indicating that location-based tweets is on. Click on the location text, and the location options drop down will appear. Hover over the last item in the drop down titled “Turn off location”, and click it. This will turn off location-based tweets until you turn them on again.


Turn off location based tweeting


Using location-based tweeting on a computer is quite limited, because you will only be able to select a neighborhood or a city. The real power of location-based tweets is revealed when you begin tweeting on your mobile devices. Many third-party Twitter Apps will pinpoint your location to the exact coordinates. This will give you the ability to show people exactly the location that your tweeting about. Here is the details for a tweet that I posted from my iPhone:


Details of Tweet on IPhone


Using my iPhone, the tweet now has a Google Map appended to it, and a pin relatively close to my location. Can you see the power that this feature gives you? With the ability to tag specific locations with your tweets, now your followers can see the exact place that your tweeting about. This is an amazing feature for engaging your followers. In the near future, I will be introducing you to several mobile applications for Twitter, but for now I just want to introduce you to the power of location-based tweeting. So now it is your turn. Go ahead and tweet a location based tweet mentioning MissioDigio. If you need a refresher on mentions in Twitter, click here.

Welcome to Missio Digio's Twitter 101 series. This is our first series of posts developed by Missio Digio. This series is designed to help you discover new ways to use Social Media in your day to day operations, and strengthen your communication with your congregants and/or supporter base. If you have any questions, please submit them under "Got a question?" or, just add a comment below.

Other Articles in the Series

  1. Twitter 101: A New Form of Communication
  2. Twitter 101: The Power of Social Media
  3. Twitter 101: Signing Up & Guided Tour [video]
  4. Twitter 101: Following & Leading
  5. Twitter 101: Tweeting
  6. Twitter 101: Anatomy of a Tweet Part 1
  7. Twitter 101: Anatomy of a Tweet Part 2
  8. Twitter 101: Anatomy of a Tweet Part 3 (Multimedia)
  9. Twitter 101: Anatomy of a Tweet Part 4 (Location-Based Tweeting)
  10. Twitter 101: Direct Messaging
  11. Twitter 101: Organizing with Lists
  12. Twitter 101: Searching the Twittersphere
  13. Twitter 101: Fresh Coat of Paint
  14. Twitter 101: Text to Tweet