This is pretty cool, particularly when you see how much attention AllTop is getting (See Alltop.com ala @guykawasaki) – I figured it was just a matter of time before someone got one together… nice stuff! Nice choice having AnyGeo up there too ;0) See http://www.overheadupdate.com
I recently got a reminder from the gang at LizardTech that they now have an RSS feed available for those interested to add to their news reader (iGoogle etc…) You can view all of LizardTech’s RSS feeds at http://www.lizardtech.com/company/rss.php. Jon Skiffington of LizardTech describes this (and other handy tips for LizarTech product users) over on the company’s blog
Are you familiar with Jaiku? If not you might like to check out their tools. the company, owned by Google has some great offerings enabling users to mobilize and share their content, feeds, photos etc… I’ve been a member/user since way back but one feature I haven’t used much is the Channel option. It enables me to create a channel – in this case called Geospatial. I add a description – ie. an aggregator of GIS and geospatial feeds. Then I hand-pick the feeds that I want to keep tabs on. Much like what James has created with the awesome Planet Geospatial, however, this lets me hand-pick only the feeds I want to watch (maybe there’s feeds on PG that I don’t care to watch, or feeds that aren’t showing up etc…) , heck, I can even add Planet GS to the list of feeds since they have an RSS feed to sniff out. I can also add photos via feeds from updates. Jaiku then offers handy widgets for posting onto a blog or website – see right-sidebar. It shows the latest Jaikus to the channel. Finally, the cool part of Jaiku is that people can become members of the channel and comment on the feeds updates for all to see. Also, the app has an excellent mobile app so you can easily take your feeds with you – Jaiku actually has been heavily promoted and used by the Finish smartphone user community and is a popular Nokia/S60 application. Check out what you can easily do, see the geospatial Channel at http://jaiku.com/channel/Geospatial and if you want your blog feed added tell me about it.
This may be old-school for some of you, others will appreciate this simple tip. If you use a GPS-enabled cameraphone (like the Nokia N95, N82, Nokia Navigator etc…) then you can easily post your photos to flickr or other online services (use a tool like Shozu to help with this). But did you know that Flickr creates a Geo-rSS feed from your photo stream? Even better, you can simply copy and paste your Geo-RSS feed location into the google maps search bar and voila… your photos are now available via Google maps to share with others, save to your mymaps or whatever the heck you want to do. Simply look at the bottom of your flickr page, you’ll see options like RSS, GeoFeed and KML – yes you can easily open your photos in Google Earth too! See my stream in Gmaps here.
This may be old-school for some of you, others will appreciate this simple tip. If you use a GPS-enabled cameraphone (like the Nokia N95, N82, Nokia Navigator etc…) then you can easily post your photos to flickr or other online services (use a tool like Shozu to help with this). But did you know that Flickr creates a Geo-rSS feed from your photo stream? Even better, you can simply copy and paste your Geo-RSS feed location into the google maps search bar and voila… your photos are now available via Google maps to share with others, save to your mymaps or whatever the heck you want to do. Simply look at the bottom of your flickr page, you’ll see options like RSS, GeoFeed and KML – yes you can easily open your photos in Google Earth too!
If you have a website or blog then you like to tell people what you’ve updated. Mobispine is another one of those cool apps that scrapes your RSS feed and generates a nice, mobile friendly version for your users. Submit your feed at www.mobispine.com
Here’s a how-to tip that will help you and your company stay abreast of who’s taking about you and which resources (like GISuser.com) are promoting your news or publishing material about your company – Google news alerts. Hopefully many of you already subscribe to alerts but if you don’t then I suggest you consider doing so. Personally, I like adding these alerts to my custom google homepage (iGoogle) but you can also get these alerts via email. Here’s how it works:
– jump to the awesome Google news home – this resource aggregates industry news from only bonafide news resources around the world (there’s also a blog/news option as well collecting “news” from blogs. (yes indeed, a blog is different than a traditional news resource)
– search on a keyword like “esri”
– request email alert to the results of this news search
– optionally, view the output in RSS format
– it’s very simple but very useful!
– you can now view news alerts as they appear online or get daily or even hourly alerts via email – once again, this is but one of the many great benefits of getting your news etc… featured at online news resources like GISuser,com, LBSzone.com or amerisurv.com!
Updated today… GeoPress location enabling plugin for bloggs – a WordPress and MovableType plugin that allows users to quickly and easily embed location information in blog posts. You can then embed a dynamic map, Microformat adr and geo output, and adds GeoRSS to the RSS output, or use KML for viewing in GoogleEarth – see http://georss.org/geopress/
Here’s a useful app for any content publishers and even you geobloggers out there… enter HubDog. Hubdog enables bloggers (and other content providers) to easily publish mobile RSS feeds. I’ve created a mobile feed for GISuser.com news updates – you can grab this and take your GIS industry news updates to go. Simply visit http://www.hubdog.com/c/36218/preview to get a preview. If you realy want to take this blog on the road with you HubDog are updates are also now available for this weblog (link). This free RSS reader from Hubdog lets you listen to Podcasts, watch vidcast and other web content directly on your smart phone or mobile device. For more about HubDog see http://www.hubdog.com/