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Great buzzword crowdsourcing and, like a lot of them, it means what you want it to mean. But #uksnow is a good example. The way it works is that you tweet the amount of snow where you are on a scale of 1 to 10 and then the first part of your postcode and include the Twitter tag #uksnow.

So I might tweet:

has falling steadily in Milton, Cambs #uksnow CB24 6/10


And Ben's software would then put an appropriate size marker at CB24 on his map.

Which is all very cool.

Except for one small problem: which is that it depends on observers doing the observing. So when I first looked early this morning, despite there being blizzard condition in Hampshire, there wasn't much sign of it (or indeed huge amounts anywhere) on #uksnow.

Now that everyone's got up the south of England is covered with white ... unlike Cambridgeshire: we're still waiting for our snow.

Tags: internet, weather, websites Written 06/01/10

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