Random thoughts, news, events expressed via Google Maps, Google Earth, YouTube, Twitter API'S
Friday, October 31, 2008
Who is googling Halloween, Trick or Treat?
Check out a Google Maps + Google Trends mashup I had created couple of weeks ago. It shows top 10 cities where the search is originating from. Since today is Halloween let's take a look at who is searching for Halloween:
Going through my website Traffic stats I noticed that there were quite a few TV Stations which have embedded my Obama, Mccain, Biden and Palin Journey of Life maps on Google Maps. Here are some of the TV Stations:
Since Halloween is around the corner, wanted to mention a Google Maps Mashup I created about a year ago which shows the World's most creepiest places. Topping the list at the time was Bhangarh, India. The data source of this mashup is concierge.com.
Keir Clarke of GoogleMapsMania takes you around the world in 80 seconds via the new Google Earth Browser Plug-in. Click on the city name and you are flown into that city. Check it out it is cool. Here are images of "Gateway of India" - Mumbai and Statue of Liberty, New York.
Majority of my maps are US centric. Here's one which relates to United Kingdom. Couple of weeks back Forbes came out with a post on most expensive postal codes in United Kingdom. Here it is and not in this life time will i be able to ever live in these Postal Codes. (BTW this mashup has wikipedia and panaramio layer also).
Trick or Treating? Map your path with Google Maps and be safe.
Plan to go Trick or Treating on October 31st? then map out your path with Google Maps. Head over to maps.google.com (My Maps) and plot out your route by placing icons to mark important stops along the way and share it with others (by turning the collaborate feature on) so that they can contribute too. Another neat thing you can do is turn on the Street View feature to make sure that there are side walks. (via Google LatLong Blog).
Here's a video which shows you how to create a personalized map at maps.google.com
My latest Google Maps Mashup is Stock quotes from Google Finance shown on Google Maps. This mashup also lists all the related companies along with the current popular searches on Google Finance which includes Price Gainers/Losers. You can type in the ticker symbol in the url or in the mashup page.
For example to get the current stock quote for Google you would type in http://www.mibazaar.com/googlefinance/index.php?ticker=goog. I have also created a form shown in the right column and below where you can type in any ticker symbol and then click "GO" and it will take you to the mashup page with the stock quote being shown on Google Maps at a location where the Corporate Headquarters is located.
The Stock Market tanked again yesterday. We are back to more or less where we were at the beginning of the week. So what are folks talking about the current state of the Stock Market. Twitter, YouTube, Blogs, Print Media are some of the places where one can find, what is being discussed about the current Stock Market situation.
"Economic Terrorism" trending high - Google Trends
While working on a mashup related to stock market I bumped into the words "Economic Terrorism" on Twitter. Also noticed that "Economic Terrorism" was trending high at Google Trends.
A while ago I had created a mashup (Google Trends + Google Maps) which shows the top 10 cities (historical data) searching for a given keyword. Topping the list for Economic Terrorism (only 6 cities shown) - New Delhi, Singapore, New York, Washington D.C., Sydney, London. Not sure about Singapore but all these countries (India, United States, Great Britain, Australia) have been affected by terrorism.
So is the current Stock Market crash a case of "Economic Terrorism"?. My 2 cents-This cannot be possible because we are talking about trillions of dollars, so who could have the resources to do this kind of thing.
(OK now Economic Terrorism has dropped from #5 to #24 on Google Trends)
Take a look at this video of air traffic over a 24 hour period around the world. Very interesting. Frequency of Trans-Atlantic Flights increase as the sun sets over east coast of United States. (via GoogleMapsMania)
"Maker" launched by FORTIUSONE is a web application that enables non-technical users to create Mashups using their own data or/and GeoCommons open source data. FortiusOne's GeoCommons enables you to leverage massive amounts of valuable data to detect trends, risks and opportunities, resulting in a complete view of your business information.
The tool provides users the ability to view multiple datasets on a single map. You can choose from 'Basemap' from Google Maps, Yahoo Maps, Live Maps or Open Street Maps.
Check out these interactive maps at "Maker" on Transparency International’s Corruption Perception Index.
Amateur cartographers are going high-tech to make the most unexpected online maps
I am humbled/honored because Patrick starts off the article with a mention about me and the work I do.
Odds are you've never heard of Virender Ajmani.
But there is a good chance you've used one of his maps.
By day, Mr. Ajmani is a soft-spoken software developer living a quiet life with his wife and two kids in Detroit.
By night, he is one of the world's most prolific and influential map-makers, churning out geographic guides to the American election, state-by-state health insurance stats or the United States' hardest-drinking cities.
"It's an addiction now," he said. "I don't go out much any more."
On that last point "I don't go out much any more" is because my wife met with a serious auto accident in late 2006 which has left her semi disabled. Its been a painful slow recovery. So I am trying to do something useful (and not feel miserable about things) by communicating what's happening around the world via maps and I am enjoying it.