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Google Mapplet

Page history last edited by Chris Kennedy 14 years, 1 month ago

We have a Google Mapplet proof of concept for the project. It's a lightweight method but has the potential to be fleshed out a lot depending on what our options are.


Right now it grabs the most recent 100 tweets to #votereport and searches for messages that contain at least one other hash tag as well as a location. The location can be a zip5, zip5+4, or arbitrary string enclosed in brackets, such as "[austin, texas]". It then geocodes the location and displays a marker on the map with the hash tags and optionally a comment (everything after the first semicolon).


Add it here: http://maps.google.com/ig/add?synd=mpl&pid=mpl&moduleurl=http://votereport.googlecode.com/svn/trunk/votereport.xml


Within the Mapplets system it's possible to add a bunch of customizations. Iframe-embedding, icons for the different tags, searching, summary charts, auto-refreshing, additional feeds, caching, etc. If we have a dedicated database that can store all the data and cache the geocoded results it could probably scale pretty well.


Note: if you install the Developer Mapplet you can reload a mapplet during testing.



Want to help out? Join the Google Code project at http://code.google.com/p/votereport/ to report issues, hack code, and figure out how it should work.




Google Mapplets Developer Guide: http://code.google.com/apis/maps/documentation/mapplets/guide.html 

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