Social Media can be a lot more useful than you think. It’s not only used for vain selfies and food photos, but you can actually use it to research a new area in which you wish to live. Maybe you live too far or don’t have enough time to go check out your prospective neighborhood yourself, luckily that is where social media comes in handy.
Here are 3 ways in which you can use social media to explore your new neighborhood:
1. Facebook’s City Guide Feature
Facebook actually has this really neat feature called City Guides, which was designed for travel planning. This feature is actually a really great resource to use to get a local perspective on your desired area. Here you can explore by categories, such as restaurants, nightlife, parks, events, etc.
To find it – On your mobile app look for City Guides under the explore table. If you don’t see it, make sure you have downloaded the latest version of the app.
2. Instagram’s Places Tab
In your photos that you upload to Instagram, you can actually tag the location in which it was taken. The Places tab collects all the photos that have been geotagged in that location and gives you access to explore what is going on as it happens. This way you get a real perspective of the neighborhood through the eyes of locals and visitors alike.
To find it – Once you’ve typed your desired location in search, the Places is on the tab on the far right.
3. Twitter’s Advanced Search
Twitter is a great source for research into your new neighborhood. Type in the community of your choice, there you can find recommended local experts to follow in the People tab. You can find out what life is like right now by uncovering recent photos and news stories. You can find tweets that originated from that neighborhood rather than tweets about that location – through Advanced Search.
To find it – Look for the filmstrip categories at the top of your search results and choose Advanced Search from the Search Filters.