Location specific content

When I complained last month about WordPress’s iOS app still not supporting rich text creation, I wasn’t expecting change anytime soon. It was something on my radar for years. Of course, WordPress released an iOS rich text editor earlier this month. It’s been great, and has really made writing from my iPhone a lot easier.

There’s another feature which seems to be making its way into core WordPress, which is tagging your location when writing. I’m in New York tonight, and this post is tagged with Hell’s Kitchen specifically.

But post location isn’t something that’s public-facing yet. There’s no simple way for a post to display where it was created yet, though I’ve got my fingers crossed that it won’t be years before public location becomes an option.

We learned this week that Twitter and Foursquare are partnering to offer more granular location data in tweets. Soon we’ll be able to post a tweet with a location of “Museum of Natural History, New York,” rather than “Manhattan.” It’s tough not to get excited at the potential for location-based writing through WordPress and generally.

It would be really fascinating at minimum, and probably very useful practically speaking, to be able to pull up streams of WordPress posts written in specific towns or cities.

Imagine taking a business trip or vacation and being able to quickly search for content like news articles, personal blog posts, etc. for where you’re visiting. You’d be able to get a sense of the latest news to strike up conversations, the stuff that locals are writing about on their blogs, and maybe dive even deeper into things like the latest on the local music scene.

Even more to the point, imagine how towns, neighborhoods, or cities might be able to come together better if residents are able to use location data to more easily connect with their local institutions, make new friends, engage, etc. Location data that customizes streams on WordPress, Twitter, and the web in general could do a better job at letting people connect with their communities than the newspaper did twenty years ago.