Like many others, Google Maps holds a special fascination for me. Whenever I have spare (!!) time, I find myself looking for new uses of it. Here’s a typically interesting one:
See who died where. Great fun. This is probably one of the simplest and most mundane uses I’ve seen, but it shows how google maps is nearly everywhere- and along with that how easy it is to integrate with it.
One of the much more interesting uses is called “FlickrVision” by David Troy. I LOVE FlickrVision. Seriously. I come back to my desk and its running as my screen saver and I sometimes find myself just staring at it for like 10 minutes. Things I love about it:
- It proves that people exist elsewhere and they too take bad pictures just like me
- It makes the world seem a little bit smaller (it fits in my browser window)
- It does one (seemingly) simple thing very quickly and efficiently (a rare thing for software these days)
- It doesn’t try to be too much (there’s no excessive controls or flashing dingleberries)
- Looking through other people’s pictures is just awesome.
In fact, I love FlickrVision so much that I wanted to try to reproduce it in some way so I could modify it and make it more complex, unstable and unusable. You can see my attempt here. My next target- Wikipedia! I’d really love to see who’s editing what and from where. For that I need to dig into a bit of geo-coding of IP addresses, but heck- how hard can it be?