Hyperlocal – Core Dimensions (Part 1)
This is the second in a series of posts on key dimensions of Hyperlocal. Other posts in this series are:
In the initial post in this series, I introduced the following core dimensions of Hyperlocal/Local:
- Local News/Journalism
- Local Business/Commerce
- Local Advertising
- Local Community
- HyperLocal Business Models
This post will briefly explore the first 2 dimensions – Local News and Local Business/Commerce.
An important service to the Local community is News about the Community, or Community perspectives and reactions to the News. A nice definition of HyperLocal News is provided by Christopher Wink here: Hyperlocal news: a definition.
Keeping Informed about HyperLocal News Media
Here are a few of the sites I regularly visit to keep track of happenings in the Local/Hyperlocal News media space:
- BuzzMachine – Jeff Jarvis’ blog
- News Innovation
- Journalism 2.0 – Mark Briggs’ blog
- Lost Remote
- Media Transparent
- HyperlocalBlogger – Matt McGee
There are many, many Hyperlocal blogs and websites currently servicing their local communities. Wink provides a nice overview of some of the major ones in his post Hyperlocal news sites worth following.
This is a core area of innovation at present, and a slew of recent acquisitions by major media companies of hyperlocal news platform providers illustrates this point.
Some of the key innovators:
Real-time News Feeds
Finally, with the rise of Twitter, real-time geotagged feeds are also breaking onto the scene. Pat Kitano‘s Hyperlocal Curation of Real Time News post from November 2009 provides some interesting examples. Kitano’s Breaking News Network is a powerful example of location-relevant breaking news.
And of course, Twitter has launched location-based Trending Topics, would should add additional impetus to this trend.
Here, we’re talking about the commercial aspect of HyperLocal. A profound insight into the potential de-coupling of “core” Local News from Local Business services was recently delivered by Clay Shirky at the Harvard’s Shorenstein Center on the Press, Politics, and Public Policy in September 2009. A must-listen-to presentation IMHO.
There are many, many players and platforms that service local business needs, with many more soon to come no doubt. Here are a smattering of players in a very competitive space:
Business Listings – General
- Insider Pages
Business Listings – Niche
Services – Niche
- My Builder
As you can see, there are a number of different spaces by which software providers and hosting sites are seeking to provide services for local commerce. In the next post, we’ll look at two additional hyperlocal/local dimensions: Advertising and Community.