I know some people are thoroughly sick of Twitter, and can make a pretty good case that we addicts cover it too much. Then again, one in every five display ads is viewed on a social networking site, so anything that adds value to an up-and-comer might be worth trying. Especially if you’re a local site adding local value by drafting on a global phenomenon.
It’s a “wiki” — where anyone can add and edit information — which suggests a newspaper’s curatorial function might be superfluous. There are other attempts at local directories, of course, but none seem to have it nailed. Some ambitious news site might discover if there more Twitter users locally than, say, high school sports fans.