The other day, I posted about Gathering Point, this neat tool you can use to make social maps that update in realtime to complement stories.
On Tuesday, I had the perfect opportunity to see it in action: A cockroach infestation that closed the food court at the York Galleria mall.
On a side note, that day, I pretty much almost crashed my car on Rt. 30.
En route to the mall, I had my notepad pinned against the steering wheel while I took notes from Department of Agriculture spokeswoman Samantha Krepps.
I pulled over, as cars whizzed past at 60 miles per hour, and wrote and sent a web update using the 3G on my iPad and a bluetooth keyboard some awesome guy got me as a birthday gift. It basically turns my iPad into a laptop.
When I got to the den of retail excitement, mall hanger-outters like this chap were no where to be seen. I tweeted my butt off from the scene of the crime (which most people assumed was, indeed, a crime scene, because there was little signage identifying otherwise).
Alas, the map post went up to No. 4 in the most viewed stories at ydr.com.
How did that happen?
No freakin’ clue.
Today, my editor Cathy Hirko told me the thing got 1,200 hits, 400 of which were from devices like cell phones and iPads.
Pretty darn cool.
Oh yeah, while I’m at it, here’s the VERY amateur reaction video I made the day the mall closed. It’s the best I could do in a hurry.
Love my ideaLab tools. I’m multi-platform, yo.
Produced using iMovie for iPad.