The latest weather in 140 characters

Love it or hate it, Twitter is becoming an increasingly popular website. However it's not just about what your friends are eating for breakfast or watching on YouTube, Twitter can also be a very useful tool providing you with the latest information in a quick and concise format - especially useful when you're out and about.

Some of the latest utilities available through the service are weather forecasts so you can get short and sharp updates telling you when there's going to be a short, sharp shower. AccuWeather.com has been offering Twitter bots for a while now, providing weather updates at 7AM and 4PM every day for a large selection of US cities and other international locations. A quick search on Twitter brings up even more bots, including some that cleverly change their profile images to a different weather icon to match the current conditions.

Now the BBC has jumped in on the act but instead of using an automated bot the service provides more personal tweets and is powered by - shock-horror! - humans. The weather team from Look North (North East and Cumbria) proudly claim that that are "the first BBC weather presenters to start forecasting by Tweets" and are currently even offering bespoke weather forecasts to people who give them a time and place in the local region via one of Twitter's famous @replies.

You may be thinking that this seems a bit of an absurd idea with a huge selection of websites offering forecasts for your location and even numerous iPhone apps (or equivalents) that you can use whilst on the move, but surely getting a more personalised, up-to-date and made to measure outlook on the weather is a lot better. What do you think? Share your thoughts below.

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...Yes... the Wii takes in my daily breakfast report and then broadcasts it to a world that couldn't care less.

Maybe look up what a Wii is and try again?

kferd said,
Twitter is basically the Wii of social networking.

He means that Twitter is just a gimmicky novelty and eventually people will realize this.. But that's not to say that people have yet realized that's what the Wii is...

werdwerdus said,
He means that Twitter is just a gimmicky novelty and eventually people will realize this.. But that's not to say that people have yet realized that's what the Wii is...

As opposed to "hugely enjoyable and makes millions of people happy"?

Adequate said,
Let's face it, folks: self-validation rules this world, and the owners of Twitter know that.

As if that's a Twitter exclusive.

I use Twitter as a customized information stream. It's just a matter of finding and following the right tweeters. I myself don't tweet at all.

why go looking for stuff when it can come to you?

Yes mate thats called RSS Feeds I like to think twitter users are called Twits, says it all

Mando said,
why go looking for stuff when it can come to you?

Yes mate thats called RSS Feeds I like to think twitter users are called Twits, says it all :)

Yeah, it's just like an RSS feed, but it can be a 2 way stream, which is great, and much more useful.

I like to think people that just don't get it are called *****, but the swear filter won't let me :)

I really don't get why so many people are against a method of getting information and communicating. It just sits there doing it's job, pulling in info that you are interested in, people tweeting their best finds from all over the internet.

Some people post a lot of crap, but you just don't follow those people. Simple.

For now, I'll put it down to ignorance, or maybe you just like being on the Twitter sucks bandwagon.

The problem is, it's just a jumbled mess of barely decipherable snippets of information with little to no organizational structure. Maybe you have plenty of free time to wade through worthless garbage in search of a few pieces of useful information, but some of us aren't so lucky...

That's why you install an app like TweetDeck, as you would an RSS reader, to give it organizational structure.

As for barely decipherable? you are ether dyslexic, or being sensational. The former seems unlikely, so...

How many times must it be said? If you are following somebody that tweets crap, then that is your own fault. I get tons of great info every day. Some before it reaches any other news source.

I do not "wade through worthless garbage" you condensing ****.

I just dont get it. I guess is made to appeal to people that have no idea how to use computers.
You just login and type... Everything is cluttered and it just look plain ugly.
This is a prove that with enough hype and marketing you can sell sugar candy to the diabetics

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