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Utah Travel Headlines Blog

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Twitter the National Parks - Our Beta Test

Twitter has become a powerful way to share information and we've been experimenting to find productive ways to use it on utah.com.

We now have pages up and available that utilize some of Twitter's capacity. We filter by topic and embed relevant messages in the pages listed below.

http://www.utah.com/zion/zion-twitter.htm
http://www.utah.com/bryce/bryce-twitter.htm
http://www.utah.com/capitolreef/cr-twitter.htm
http://www.utah.com/moab/moab-twitter.htm
http://www.utah.com/moab/arches-twitter.htm
http://www.utah.com/moab/canyonlands-twitter.htm

For example, messages that contain the phrase "Bryce Canyon" show up on the Bryce page. Since many people send messages using their cell phones, updates can be made on the fly and, hopefully, some will give practical information - almost real time updates about conditions at these locations.

Many Twitter messages are superficial and it is hard to filter to only show worthwhile content. That's why this is still in beta. We will watch it and see if it is valuable. We welcome comments and suggestions.

- Dave

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