Wednesday, December 28, 2005

Geo browsing

While playing with the longitudes and latitudes of the Talk Maps users I noticed that putting them in a KML file creates a fun toy. Google Earth can read this format and displays all online users in a 3D virtual earth together with all other placemarks. Earth has better data and streams images faster that Google Maps.
Try playing with the refresh interval.

Also notice that the links of the users appear as links in Google Earth and they are opened in an internal browser (yuck IE). So this is some kind of browsing by geographical position. Like.. "let's see what the guys from South Africa are thinking today..."

Update: In Google Earth: Add -> Network Link -> Location: "http://www.epigoon.com/maps/kml.php"

Friday, December 09, 2005

Geo status indicator

The maps.epigoon.com service got extended with something especially nice for bloggers.
As you can see on the right of this post you can add a status indicator that not only shows your status but also your physical location. Don't Panic! It is ridiculously easy to add it to your blog. Tell something to the bot and he will give your the html (iframe) code.
Note: The location is linked to an id/number and not your gmail address, so your (email)address is not exposed. Hooray for privacy.

Update: already 2 nice blogs use the service -> etguler and talou

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Previously on Epigoon: Yet Another Mozilla Build Error  Javascript members constructor  New minimeter beta  Google Maps does rest of Europe?  Minimeter update  Geo browsing  Geo status indicator  Google Talk Maps  Minimeter and Feedview on CVS  Firefox 2.0 will include Feedview