never thought this project would resonate so loudly. the response has been great, yea! and almost overwhelming for the poor little perl server running the show. still up and running, yet a mirror may need to be set up if the bandwith keeps going crazy. #1 on blogdex and metafiltered, big smiles. it’s cool to watch the geoblog, and see a post come through about geoblog itself. seems lots of folks went through geourl to annotate their weblogs, in order to see themselves pop into the blogosphere from space-high perspective. there’s an interesting positive feedback loop — as bloggers see the geoblog show up in their refers, they check it out, then join in, and so on and so on. great to push forward geotags and rss auto-discovery. good timing too, creating some buzz at etcon. even got mentioned in a couple presentations.
Some responses that caught my eye .. “Its like eavesdropping over the entire planet” [RoadSassy],
” Interesting to just watch how the world is updating as the sun rises, and find out who the night owls are.” [compulsive.org] , “Is it really real time? Anyway, very neat with a different perspective like that. I am fond of global displays. That’s how I’d like to get all sorts of information.” [Ming] right, it’s ~almost~ real time, “Sit back and watch the world blog its way around the clock.” [Sean McGrath]. TechViews sites geoblog as a news sourece, rather than just a cool toy – whoa, could it happen that way?
thequietone has many smart things to say..
In a few years the particular paths that bits take over wires and routers won’t be as important as the path that an idea has taken, and the level of confidence that an idea has maintained its original semantics based on the people/sites it has gone through. Somatic routing for the Semantic Web.
I love that vision .. a routing protocol for ideas. That’s what we’re building! The addition of meta-data, like ENT, ThreadsML, microcontent markup. Comeon tool builders, get it on!
Anywhere from here? dav wants to see the ability to move back and forth in time (hrm that something central could do). headmap has some eeencredible 3d animations of earth geocoded information. blogger has a changes.xml — with many many more updates than weblogs.com, so still need to test if there’s any geourl representation in that blog segment. would be nice to see these changes files include a bit more info – like geocodes, rss info, latest post.
some inspirations: moveon.org, indyjunior, day & night (via paolo), blueMarble
What’s the take home on all this? (wait I am home, right where brain off is geocoded). Build apps: Discussing and standards only goes so far. Apps push things forward. meta-data: it’s hard to agree on, without an app. the app settles the question of what the standard will be. i know this can end off very messy (re: html) but it’s movement — let’s push things forward. Visualize Be it a map, colors, diagrams, .. in a world of firehose text, visualization is essential for quick understanding of complex relationships. take advantage of all that subconcious info processing. Live when it’s live, it’s alive. Recombinant Growth small existing pieces, put together, emerge into something more. this project lightly stitched together some heavy lifting. and perl, thanks for perl and perl modules (IO:Socket, XML::Parser, HTML::Parser, LWP::UserAgent, XML::RSS, Date::Manip, Proc::Pid_File). Larry Wall was at etcon, much praise.