I love that the guys at Geofeedia (Phil, Scott and Mike) continue to improve this product. Over the weekend, I got an email from Phil telling me about the newest improvement — Geofeedia Streamer. The streamer allows me to monitor more than one live feed of social media posts from any location in the world.
Right now, it’s in preview release. The final version should be out later this year. I wish I would have had this during Hurricane Sandy when I was monitoring five different live feeds to create the following slideshows: Manhattan; Rehoboth Beach, Del.; York County; New Jersey resort areas ; Breezy Point, Queens, fire; Ocean City, Md.
I love that this interface (which reminds me a little bit of Hootsuite) allows me to monitor several locations simultaneously. It makes curating content easier. Before, I’d have to close a feed in order to look at another feed.
I’m hoping that the Geofeedia guys allow several streams at once. I’m finding more and more that I need to find every efficiency I can in order to multitask and accomplish everything I need to. This is a great step in that direction.
I hope, too, that the team considers a way to embed the streams onto a blog post or website to share live easily with readers. As always, we need to make clear when we do this that the feed is not being monitored. We’re opening the door; the reader is choosing to go through it.
I think that in some cases, the ability to do this for our readers is critical to providing the kind of news and information they expect from us.
Another great feature is the ability to switch to the mapping function within a stream and by clicking the “modify” button search a new area. I can zoom in or out of the current location or use the mouse to move the map in any direction I want. Or, I can simply type in a new area to explore in the search bar.
Check it out. What do you think?