Something i was just thinking about as I searched the web for information from a past event… why aren’t event planners taking advantage of tags? A note to anyone planning conference and events, when you issue your PR and publish your event website I suggest you considefr using an “official” tags that you suggest people use when referencing and publishing material about your event. It sounds like a no-brainer but not many folks are doing it — except maybe O’reilly. I recall Where 2.0 last June (or was it May) and the conference organizer maded it very clear that if you were blogging or publishing material about the event they suggest you use the tag “where2006”. With all the people blogging, using flickr, indexing material on digg, technorati, and del.icio.us it would make life much easier if everyone was on the same page and using the same tags rather than making up their own. As an example, last year I moblogged loads of photos from AU in Orlando. they were tagged with many tags, including “au2005”. Searching flickr using this tag yielded many hits, however, what about photos from the event that didn’t have that tag? See http://flickr.com/search/?q=au2005 as a sample search. Curiously, nothing on digg is found using au2005. Imagine… “AU2006” the official tag of Autodesk University… sounds like a great idea to me!
Archives for October 14, 2006
Oh man, talk about a nice score… the USGS has recently awarded a contract for $2 mill to a company to revamp and maintain their website… maybe I’m missing something here but holy crap, sounds like alot of dough… I’m sure somme of you would like to have a piece of this one! Mind-you, they do operate numerous sites so no doubt there’s much more to this than simply designing and updating a little website. I’ll be really curious to see what $2 million worth of website will provide… no doubt some skookum webmapping services etc… more on this at FCW – see also the PR here
Killing a bit of time here while watching a little NCAA football this morning, I ran into some info from the Yahoo Local weblog. I decided to request an application ID and test out how long it would take for me to create a simple little map using ylocal. The App Id request took me about 5 seconds once I signed into my yahoo account (don’t have one yet??? where have you been!) I then grab a little bit of sample code provided by a tutorial describing how to get started with the Yahoo! AJAX API – see here. In no time I simply substitute my ID for the generic one listed in the sample and voila. I can now easily resize and re-center my map and the updates are reflected on my web page. All I need now is to geocode an address and reposition my map… this is easily done using the app provided at http://geocoder.us/. Let’s see now if I can place the map here within the blog… hopefully blogger will accept the code… oops.. looks like I can’t embed the map within the blog post, however, I do have an html page that I could easily add to a website. I have to wonder if Google doesn’t allow Yahoo! maps to be embedded within their apps.. ie. like this blogger weblog!Given that it took me about one minute to create I could easily start messing around and customizing the map if i was to dig deeper into the sample code and tutorials. See http://ylocalblog.com and try for yourself. Register your API app and get a code