What’s going on in Boyer’s neighborhood? Click the map.
So, because WordPress is dumb, and I can’t figure out how to embed an iFrame into the non-customized blog that I barely pay anything annually for, here’s the deal:
Today, my editor Cathy Hirko gave me a distraction that, if executed properly, should keep me sufficiently amused all weekend.
She taught me about GatheringPoint, a cool way to curate social media based on geographical location.
It’s sort of like GeoFeedia, me thinks.
In reality, the map above would be an embedded, interactive Google map with things like location-based public Tweets, Youtube videos, Facebook posts, Foursquare check-ins, See Click Fix posts, and the like.
(Evidently, my street’s got some pothole issues. Who knew?)
To create a map like mine, go to the free Map Maker.
Enter the zip code or address for the location where you’d like to create a social map.
Next comes the cool part. You get to place and label pins for whatever you want:
A toxic waste dump.
Then, you get to choose what types of things you want to show up, from sites labeled yucky by the Environmental Protection Agency to farmers markets to Instagram photos.
Then, turn on the map and embed it.
Perfect way to get reaction to events without the annoyance of Twitter searches.
It’s like a Google map. But so way awesomer.