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Over the weekend I made another map. While I don’t think for one moment this one will be as wildly popular as my last map was, this one is just as satisfying and a whole lot more personal. At 8.01 PM on the 11th. of October 2009 I checked into Sushi Tomi in Mountain View, […]

Today I contributed to a map. I did this yesterday as well. I even did this last week. In fact I’ve been doing this since the end of July 2009. As of right now I’ve done this 11,880 times. I’ll probably end up contributing to this map again later on today and will almost definitely […]

Warning. This post contains a sweeping generalisation. Yes, I know that Places are not just part of today’s digital maps; see the James Fee and Tyler Bell hangout The One Where Tyler Bell Defines Big Data as a proof point. But for the sake of this post, just assume that Places and maps are synonymous. […]

Maps and map imagery seem to be back in the news. Google’s recent map update and immense speculation about Apple’s “will they, won’t they” replacement for the current Google Maps app on iOS seems to be spilling over from the usual tech media into mainstream news. Firstly, the UK’s Daily Telegraph, a “quality broadsheet” seems […]

With the benefit of hindsight, it was probably inevitable but 5 years after the location based, check in social network we know as Gowalla launched and 3 months after they were acquired by Facebook, Gowalla is no more. Despite launching in 2007, 2 years prior to Foursquare, Gowalla never seemed to be able to capture […]

In web and location circles, much has been made of Foursquare’s recent “little announcement” of the location based, check-in, company’s decision to oust Google Maps and instead to go with OpenStreetMap data, by way of MapBox. From reading a lot of the coverage you’d be forgiven for thinking that Foursquare has completely severed ties with […]

There are some places you really don’t want to check into using one of the many location based social networks. There’s a variety of suggestions of this nature on the web including funeral homes, an ex-partner’s house, jail or the same bar (every night). It now seems you can add military bases (when you’re in […]

In my recent talk to the British Computer Society’s Geospatial Specialist Group, I touched on the “race to own the Place Space“. While the more traditional geographic data providers, such as Navteq and Tele Atlas are working away adding Points Of Interest to their data sets, it’s the smaller, social location startups, that are getting […]

Back in March of this year I wrote about deliberately tracking my journey by using Google’s Latitude and unexpectedly tracking the same journey by looking at the history of my Foursquare and Gowalla check-ins. By using the history function from Google Latitude I was able to put together a quick and dirty visualisation of the […]

I’ve been tracking my journey and in doing so inadvertently uncovered a sea change in the way in which we view the whole thorny issue of location tracking. Yesterday, Ed Parsons and I drove from London to Nottingham and back to attend the one day Supporting the Contextual Footprint event run by the Horizon Digital […]