Free Tools to Connect Your City

Why build your own? There are several free web applications out there that help cities interface with their citizens. Christian Madera picks the best.
April 17, 2010, 9am PDT | Tim Halbur
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Madera talks about well-known tools like Google Maps and Twitter, but also many lesser-known ones like WuFoo and BatchGeo.

He writes, "Tools like Todaysmeet make it easy to set up a feed that can be displayed on a projector, and offer the ability to save a transcript of all tweets over a period of time with a specific hashtag included. This transcript could then be analyzed for key ideas that came out of the meeting. (This could be as easy as running it through a word cloud tool such Wordle). Also during a meeting, web tools like PollEverywhere and TextTheMob let audience members respond to poll questions by simply sending a SMS message or Tweet from their cellphone, and provide instant results."

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Published on Thursday, April 15, 2010 in Next American City
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