There’s snow in all the contiguous States except Florida – and in a good portion of Canada too! Via NOAA, Every state, with the exception of Florida, currently has snow on the ground. This includes Hawaii where about seven inches of snow is atop Mauna Kea. As of Jan. 11, 69.4 percent of the contiguous United States is covered by snow – this is more than double the snow cover from last month. This week’s snow storm in Southern states has allowed for this unusual occurrence.(Image credit: NOAA)
Archives for January 11, 2011
Interesting to see a State Government embracing foursquare, however, that’s what’s happening in Pennsylvania via the VisitPA initiative. No surprise really as is evident from the VisitPA website at http://www.visitpa.com/. You’ll notice the agency has embraced social media to connect with visitors – makes sense to me! In addition to getting all the usual tourism based information from the State resource, users can also access a host of social resources to complement their trip planning, including official sites on Youtube, facebook, Twitter, Flickr, and foursquare.
Of particular interest is the new foursquare homepage for Visit PA found at http://foursquare.com/visitpa. Here’s visitors can friend the State site and get information on popular State tourism promoted resources and stops where they can check-in, perhaps score a deal or promotion, and become mayor of the stop. Not a bad idea so far apparently as the State resource currently has more than 34,000 friend connections on foursquare.
Indeed this is a clever use of social media by a government run agency and offers some nice ways for the State to be more transparent with their visitors. For the businesses that are promoted by the State foursquare site, they might be wise to invest in a little R&D and take advantage of the following the State has managed to obtain to date. How so? Well, to start, a business can embed a fancy foursquare “todo” button on their websites or blogs, a great way to encourage fans to follow them, checkin, and share their visits. Sample button for King of Prussia Mall is provided below… More about Pennsylvania’s foursquare effort found HERE
We follow the Geo Twitter-sphere very closely… the following are just a few of the tweets we’ve “faved” in the past couple of days… please follow us @GISuser and/or @gletham to wind up on the radar! FYI, for more of my Geo tweet Faves check out this archive
- @geopdx SchoolAndHousing map mashup
- @foss4g Denver rated “world’s best city for conventions” – by a bunch of Canadians so we’re sure it must be true!
- @crisicamp Thursday could be devastating – Lord Mayor warns the worst is yet to come in Brisbane
- @yourworldin3D City of Chula Vista 3D Modeling Program http://goo.gl/yi65a Chula Vista, CA is looking for volunteers to help model their town
- @google Hey, Google URL Shortener just added API access to goo.gl.
- @BC_transit RT @SustainableU: Transportation Tune Up participants learn about smart travel, share knowledge & win prizes. Join today!
- @DonMeltz How does a die-hard desktop GISer publish maps on the web? From his desktop, of course.
- @digiphile AllOurIdeas.org/PlanNYC RT @participatory Princeton – Engaging Communities Online to Find the Best Ideas
- @cameronC_Wilson Well said.. RT @chrisj_moore: Will our Canadian cities ever be Strategic
- @natgeosociety How To Be a Better Photographer
This fun and interesting tweet tip gave up details of the cool Flush Tracker app. Entering a service the user is shown a map of the local sewer system and reveals information like speed and distance for a flush to travel. Local Flushes are shown on the map (perhaps via a toilet sensor too??) and then the path of flow is drawn on the map – see more details about Flush Tracker HERE