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Creepy app uses Twitter and Flickr data to track anyone on a map

When you post a photo online -- especially from a phone with a built-in camera -- you're likely sharing more than the picture itself. The same is true for updates you post on Twitter. Location data is commonly included, and crafty types can do all kinds of creepy things with that information. A good example of what's possible is Creepy, a desktop app which lets you track a Flickr or Twitter ...

MapQuest Android app with turn-by-turn directions now available

[Full disclosure: AOL is the parent company of both MapQuest and Download Squad] MapQuest for iPhone has been highly successful, and now Android users can take the app for a test drive, too. MapQuest had reported more than 1.4 million Android users visiting its mobile website every month, and those users will definitely enjoy the native MapQuest app for Android. Fire it up, and MapQuest s...

Video Tour: World Factbook Dashboard by IBM is data visualization heaven

If you love data visualization, this one's going to blow your mind: I just found an incredible IBM demo, called World Factbook Dashboard. It basically takes a ton of demographic and economic data (from the CIA World Factbook, I presume) and presents it in several beautiful ways that (mostly) make instant sense. This is one of those rare cases where screenshots simply would not do, so I rolled up ...

Trendsmap is a slick Google Maps - Twitter trends hybrid

While it won't give you any local insight if you happen to be from just about anywhere in Manitoba, Saskatchewan, or the Dakotas, Trendsmap is a slick, visual way to see what people are buzzing about on Twitter. This isn't just another boring Twitter-Google mashup, though. It's got some added explorational sizzle. Click on any of the tags, and the introduction window you see in the screenshot...

Keeping an eye on crime in Oakland with Crimespotting

Crime is an ugly thing, but the folks over at Stamen Design have turned the tables and made something beautiful to track it in the Oakland California area. Microsoft Virtual Earth was the tool of choice when it came to skillfully building out this Oakland Crimespotting mapping creation. The interactive map tracks crimes that users can subscribe and receive updates about them via RSS and email, fr...

Google mashes self, begins mapping locations found in books

Google products are no strangers to mashups from all forms of enthusiastic users and 3rd parties, but you know something cool is brewing when Google mashes up two of their most visionary services: Maps and Book Search. Recently on the Google Book Search blog, David Petrou announced this cool new feature, which they've added to the "About this Book" section of books you find in Google Book Search. ...

MapLib.net: Google Maps-ify your big images

Awhile back I reported on Zoomify, a neat desktop app that turns any large image (like a map, for instance) into a Flash widget that lets your web site's visitors pan and zoom around the image without loading the whole huge thing at once. Kinda like Google Maps. Well, the logical extension of that idea is MapLib.net, a free web service that does much the same thing. You upload a big image and MapL...

Google Earth coordinates for all of Wikipedia

You may or may not be aware that Wikipedia contains the geographical coordinates for thousands of cities, landmarks, and other geographical features, and there's an ongoing WikiProject to add latitude and longitude data to every place in the online encyclopedia. This is pretty cool, as it allows you to check out a Wikipedia article and jump straight to a Google Maps satellite view or punch the pl...

Google Earth's Election Tools

Who says software and politics don't mix? Google has released an update to Google Earth that adds a "2006 US Election Guide" layer to the cross-platform mapping app. The new layer includes two sub-layers: a "US Election Guide," which adds useful voting information like links to voter registration info for each state, and "US Congressional Districts," which, in case you hadn't guessed, outlines the...

Use A Map: Google Maps with short URLs, comments

Use A Map is a nice simple Google Maps mash-up that bills itself as "TinyURL.com but for Maps," but it's much more than that. Its most apparent feature is that it lets you create a short URL for a location, in contrast to Google Maps' extremely long URLs. It lets you choose a "tag" for your URL, e.g. "santamonicapier," so you can send people to useamap.com/santamonicapier. It also lets you give yo...

Google Earth Featured Content

Google has teamed up with the United Nations Environmental Program, Discovery Networks, and the National Park Service to bring a new showcase of Google Earth multimedia overlays. The informative content from the premium content providers can be activated by clicking the Featured Content checkbox in the sidebar on the Google Earth application. Icons will then be displayed across the earth for the s...

1.2 million Flickr photos geotagged in the first day

Remember Monday when I reported on Flickr's new geotagging features, which gives users a nice drag-and-drop interface for "tagging" photos with the location they were taken at? I thought it was cool, but expected it to take off fairly slowly. According to the official FlickrBlog, though, in the first 24 hours more than 1.2 million photos were geotagged by Flickr users. In his post on the blog, Fli...

Flickr adds mapping, geotagging

Today Flickr seriously pumped up its geotagging support and added Yahoo! Maps integration. The announcement in the Flickr blog links to a few screencast tutorials that make geotagging, i.e. associating photos with particular locations on the map, look pretty easy. It's done through the Flash Ajax-based Organizr tool, and basically you select a bunch of your photos and then drag them to the locati...

Google Maps for Mobile gets an upgrade

Today the Official Google Blog is touting an upgrade to Google Maps for Mobile that adds a few nice features. The two biggest new features are for dealing with traffic: First, you can check on traffic conditions without leaving the map. Second, it will now include traffic information when figuring time for driving directions. The other new feature is less amazing but welcome nonetheless: Google Ma...

New Google Map Zoom Features

Google Maps has some sweet new features. You can now double click to zoom in! How cool is that. It's a very simple way to check out your desired location...fast! Along those same lines, you can now right double click to zoom out! There is also a continuous zoom feature that provides a smooth map transition when zooming in and zooming out. No more jaggy and missing squares while waiting for the ma...