Traffic via Twitter

6 Mar

Ask and ye shall receive.

Yesterday, I posted a twit thusly:

The most helpful thing I can think of right now would be traffic reports via Twitter. KTHXBAI

Reader KP alerted me to this site, which does just that. There are not, however, a lot of people using it apparently.

Set up a Twitter account, and begin following this user. If you’re driving along and see a traffic incident, you send a twit like this:

@commuter BUF 190 south slow from Tonawanda to Peace Bridge.

That’s a lot to text, so I imagine some imaginative abbreviations would soon develop. But I’ll give it a shot for a while.

3 Responses to “Traffic via Twitter”

  1. scruffythecat March 7, 2008 at 6:35 am #

    I love the idea, but the execution falls short. I could not find a way to get the tweets posted to for specific city to post to a mobile device in a timely fashion. I set up a RSS feed to pingme, but the text to my mobile took 12 hours and kept repeating for every day until I removed the feed from pingme.
    This is a great idea. What it needs is the ability to follow a specific city. Has anyone figured that out?

  2. lulu March 7, 2008 at 9:42 am #

    Please no texting when driving! I don’t know anything tweeter or tweeting, but I assume it involves texting and as a non cell phone user when driving, I ask everyone to respect the road and pay attention. If you are fully stopped in traffic, then perhaps OK, but please consider the safety of those on the road around you over the convenience of other drivers via traffic messages.

  3. John May 21, 2008 at 4:00 pm #

    If you have an iPhone … try itrafficnow.com

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