project launch, currently Twitter + Google Maps

Location, location, location. Anyone who attended or followed the 2010 SXSW festival understood that the hot topic was “geolocation”. Twitter officially enabled geolocation on streams providing users with the option to include their current location with messages, Foursquare is reporting crazy new user numbers and Gowalla is reporting their own activity numbers from SXSW. So with the recent focus on geolocation, there could be no better time to launch – Anytime, Anywhere

Streamdin Screenshot is a little project that I’ve been tinkering on with @raulraja, @justinelsberry, @nickelsberry and @edwardsuh. The app is now live for testing. The bare bones original idea was to display Twitter updates from around the world on a Google Map – nothing more. As development progressed, the basic idea turned into a basic web based Twitter client mated to Google Maps. With, users can:

  • View status updates from people they follow
  • View updates originating from a specific location in the world
  • Create, reply, retweet, view user profiles or follow / unfollow users
  • Manually set a specific location with each message or remain hidden

For now, focuses on content originating from Twitter. However, future layers will include updates from Foursquare, Brightkite and Flickr. Follow @streamdin on Twitter to find out when new features roll out. For ideas, feedback or questions feel free to get in touch.

What are your thoughts regarding geolocation?

With the recent attention that Please Rob Me received and the increased risk of openly sharing your location, where do you stand on the popular trend of openly sharing where you are?

Discuss - 6 Comments

  1. A very cool idea. I’ve been waiting for something like this for a while. Flickr and Foursquare integration would be great.

  2. Paul Bennett says:

    Oh this is quality! There’s a lad only round the corner from me who’s currently in bed about to have a shower, and is going out tonight. So now I know roughly where he lives, exactly what he looks like, and when’s he not home…

    Turns out ‘Lisa ****’ is going on holiday for a couple of weeks and she’s also just round the corner.

    Gota love people’s ignorance. And gota love this project – fascinating!

  3. David says:

    I still remembered the copyright matter years ago. As a Chinese user, I am using twitter, facebook, foursquare etc. I really appreciate your work, Derek.

    Although, geolocation is not so friendly used in China. I still expect more functions and ideas will be integrated in this project.

  4. Topwpskins says:

    Wth?! Pleaserobme? LMAO hahah.

    Ah man. The web is increasingly becoming more and more scary.