Captured at Ignite Spatial NOCO, here’s an Ignite presentation from Peter Batty. Peter has 5 minutes here to describe the Location of the Internet of things… enjoy!
Archives for May 2010
For those of you that have been on Twitter for some time now I’m sure the list of people you follow is growing quite rapidly. Thus, the list grows, people will no doubt become a little more particular about who they follow and un-follow. Here’s a list that outlines a few things to keep in mind so you don’t get added to the un-follow list:
- No bio and a decent photo – Sorry but you need to convince me that you may actually be interesting and have something to say… /i need to kn ow who you are. chances are good that if you use a cartoon character or a stupid image of you giving me the “bird” that I likely won’t be compelled to follow you – the default Twitter avatar image is a really bad choice too!
- Posting Follow Friday lists excessively. The FF trick is fun but don’t simply blast out 5 or 10 tweets with lists of names. A simple follow this person with a short reason is much better.
- Cussing… if you repeatedly cuss in your tweets then you’ll likelly loose me
- auto tweet – if you simply push an RSS feed with 10 tweets at a time I’m not interested – unless your account clearly reveals that the account is a news bot.
- If you pretend to be an expert in a space that you clearly aren’t (like social media for example) I won’t follow you
- If you constantly retweet the same popular Twitter personalities (like Chris Brogan, Mashable, Guy Kawasaki) you’ll bore me… guess what, we already follow those peopl. Sure a few RTs are great, however, don;’t re-post everything they say.
- Butt kissing… there’s already a fair bit of kissing up on Twitter and its fairly obvious. The novice or wanna be “social media expert” is usually the worst culprit here!
- Begging for followers – if you constantly come right out and ask people to follow you and append “please RT” on every tweet I’m not interested
- Consumed by the numbers… if you follow 57,000 people and have 2,000 followers chances are good that you’re simply fishing for auto-followers and thus are likely not very interesting
- Excessive robot posting… be careful with the RSS feed push. If you slam your feed with 10 posts at a time you’ll definitely scare away followers.
I’m not exactly sure when this happened, but yes indeed, ESRI seems to have a new logo, complete with a new font. Perhaps this took place some time ago, however, it wasn’t until just today when I saw a tweet that mentioned it that I had to wander over an have a look… perhaps the new look is to help reiterate the “new” name – pronounced “ezzrey” rather than the E.S.R.I which the company is getting away from.Notice the all lower case as well… NICE!
One person on Twitter (Thanks @Ryan_A_Hugues for the tip off) even thought that the new branding reminded them of ERDAS
indeed the font has a striking resemblance – regardless… they both look good!
A new, GPS-enabled “Kinky” iPhone app has been launched at the International Mr. Leather 2010 event – Not that there’s anything wrong with that… whatever floats your boat I guess!! In an undoubtedly controversial release, Recon.com became the first major gay hook-up website to have a dedicated iPhone app approved by Apple. The Recon app uses the GPS/locational functionality of the iPhone or iPod Touch to instantly show photos of the guys around you, allowing users to chat to other people in your area, and then hook-up – the app is developed for guys searching for other guys with similar “interests”. The app displays immediate results, with the closest local guys appearing first – See more at http://www.recon.com
An interesting read on TechCrunch in a recent article about social media, privacy, and most notably, location sharing. What stimulated the initial discussion for the article was the recent cluster at facebook regarding their privacy or lack thereof. Facebook has recently taken steps to make setting privacy for users a little easier, however, I would urge any user of facebook who posts personal data to carefully go through and check all the privacy settings (a tip, make sure your WALL is visible only to your friends)
Techcrunch looks at privacy concerns and raises the issue that this topic is only going to get heated up as location aware services and apps continue to explode – particularly with mobile apps. We’ve seen the uptake of smartphones soar recently and what this has done is that we now have GPS-enabled novice users running around, capturing data and sharing their moments with their social media streams. One of the main issues with location-aware apps and services (Techcrunch looks at Google Latitude as an example) is that most users will typically forget to adjust settings accordingly. Users of GPS equipped smartphones will typically need to adjust settings on the mobile device as well as in specific applications as well (like Flickr, twitter, facebook)… as a long-time GPS-enabled device user I can assure you that this is no simple task and its very easy to forget that you are sharing your location when you may not want to (like when lying in bed at home).
In the early days of mobile social location, Yahoo! came out with FireEagle, a solution that was supposed to help users control their privacy settings and sharing of their location data with various apps… a great concept but to date it really has never taken off. Google Latitude is also a start at a central place to set your sharing preferences, however, it only affects Google apps (like Buzz, Latitude etc…) and many users will often forget about their setting – Latitude is still very useful for Android mobile device users but it still falls short in dealing with the big picture. Smartphone users have the ability to toggle on/off location sharing, however, I’d prefer to have a more detailed sharing option, perhaps the ability to setup the device to share either exact/neighborhood, or city as my location. One solution addressed is that of GeoFencing, something being looked at by SimpleGeo. A great concept where essentially, location services would be controlled, adjusted, or disabled based on your location… for example, imagine a setting on your iPhone that would disable location-sharing whenever you are within 500m of your home… indeed a great idea. See more on this topic at Techcrunch
Modeling real-time situations… This video goes back a few months to the Haiti disaster response, however, its a great example and reminder of how geo technology (ArcGIS Explorer in this case) and social media (Twitter) can be combined to result in a very useful application. Enter the video showing Real-time modeling of the disaster situation in Haiti. Viewing Twitter updates on the map in real-time really puts the situation in context and provides the responders with much needed situational awareness. No doubt these forms of Geo services and mashups will be useful in the near future with the Gulf of Mexico BP oil spill response and cleanup efforts.
Jordan Romero is the youngest person to ever ascend the Summit of Mt Everest, having reached the summit on May 21 (see the blog announcement). There’s no doubt that Geo technology has played a huge role in the effort and ESRI is doing their part as well, having developed an interactive webmap resource for the team enabling visitors to quickly view updates from the expedition along with geotagged photos and team updates. About the web service… The Jordan Romero Web site features an ESRI GIS mapping application that integrates Web services to track Romero’s journey. The application lets the public see Team Romero’s location in near real time, explore daily tracks, view distance and elevation statistics, and browse weather and route information. The application also gives geographic context to social media—for example, Flickr photos and Twitter posts from the team throughout the trip.
ESRI is mapping the expedition with a lightweight, user-friendly Web application that uses the ArcGIS API for Microsoft Silverlight/WPF and data from ArcGIS Online. The API is used to deliver live information from other Web services. This includes the latest GPS messages from SPOT (updated as frequently as every 10 minutes), current elevation and distances from ArcGIS Server, daily weather forecasts from meteoexploration, and social media streams. ArcGIS Online provides the map layers and imagery of the 29,035-foot mountain and surrounding area.
Checkout the ESRI Everest Webmapping service at http://edn1.esri.com/everest/Default.html
Today via the MeeGO website http://meego.com the team released the MeeGo v1.0 Core Software Platform & Netbook User Experience project . From MeeGo… This release provides developers with a stable core foundation for application development and a rich user experience for Netbooks. The MeeGo Netbook user experience is the first to appear, with the development of the MeeGo Handset user experience moving to the open in June.
The MeeGo Netbook User Experience includes:
- Visually rich Netbook user experience, building on the latest open source technologies.
- Instant access to your synchronized calendar, tasks, appointments, recently used files and real-time social networking updates through the home screen.
- Aggregation of your social networking content. This allows you to see your social networking activities on one screen, easily interact with your friends, and update your status and site information.
- For a fast and rich Internet experience the MeeGo Netbook user experience integrates Google Chrome or, if you prefer a fully open source browser solution, Google Chromium is also provided. Soon we will be releasing the MeeGo Handset user experience which will use the Fennec Mozilla Browser.
- Easy to use applications for email, calendar and media player.
- Highly optimized for power and performance.
- Languages: Japanese, Korean, Chinese Simplified, Chinese Traditional, Swedish, Polish, Finnish, Italian, Brazilian Portuguese, French, German, Spanish, Russian, Dutch, English, British English
Amazing imagery showing the devastation that awaits the coastline in the Gulf as the sun reveals a massive oil slick.
Sunlight illuminated the lingering oil slick off the Mississippi Delta on May 24, 2010. The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Terra satellite captured this image the same day. Source:
earthobservatory.nasa.gov – Originally uploaded by GISuser.com GIS and Social, Mobile Tech Images
An interesting web service from PressDoc helps companies to create a press release ready for distribution but with a social media focus – just this morning we received a PR from junaio that took advantage of this service. Once a company has created their PR release, all the required components ready for pitching via social media will be included. Not just a basic, hohum release, a PressDoc release will contain some interesting components including:
- company info
- the social media pitch (a short blurb with short url, ideal for posting to Twitter)
- brief summary (useful for use by bloggers)
- the details (ideal for publishing on via online news resource – like GISuser.com)
- relevant weblinks
- images that are useful for the media
- Twitter stream with latest updates
Here’s a sample PressDoc Social Media release – see also http://pressdoc.com/ Note: there is a small fee associated with publishing your PR using PressDoc. However, even if you elect not to upgrade, using the service to create a draft social PR release could be very useful, particularly for those not familiar with press release formatting.