[Geowanking] TypePad with location?

Mikel Maron mikel_maron at yahoo.com
Fri Oct 28 00:40:25 PDT 2005


--- Anselm Hook <anselm at hook.org> wrote:
> 
> Looking at TypePad again today; trying to see if location is a
> feature of the system yet... doesn't seem to be.

If they won't do it, you can still do it yourself...

http://brainoff.com/worldkit/doc/rss.php#within
http://brainoff.com/worldkit/doc/weblogshosted.php#typepad

Here's a working example

http://worldkit.typepad.com/
http://worldkit.typepad.com/map/index.html

The basic idea is to insert structured strings (geo:lat=*, geo:long=*)
within whatever fields are available, and then build maps and scrapers
to extract location.

When it catches on, it's sure to get their attention. This has already
happened with flickr, 80K+ geotagged flickr images. Mostly due to
clever greasemonkey integration.

http://geobloggers.com/
http://steeev.f2o.org/mt/2005/05/geotagging_flickr_with_google_maps_and_greasemonkey_part_2.html



I'm sure everyone on geowankers would agree that location is core. And
if hosted services don't realize this after all the Mapping Hoopla
lately, then they're too in the dark to help. 

The challenge for these hosted services is how to expand from their
core offering. Hosted extensions and plugins open up unsolved problems
and risks. Ning is interesting here. Google Base is potentially
interesting move in addressing this. Microcontent seems to be designed
towards this as well.

Cheers, Mikel



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