I made a new widget with Yahoo! Pipes that I’m testing out on the sidebar of my site. The idea is to show some of my recent activity in the real world on a map. So far, it features two things: location tagged photos from my Flick account and location tagged Twitter posts from a hack I put together. Adding the Flickr photos was really easy since Flickr offers a geo-tagged RSS feed. For Twitter, I created a special email address that I use to update both Twitter and the widget on my site from my iPhone. In the subject line of the email, I post my Twitter message. In the body of the email, I include location information (a street address, city name, etc). Pipes automatically processes the email and submits it to my widget and Twitter. So, you can visit my site and see not just what I’m up to, but also where I am. Plus, my status message is sent to Twitter with a TinyURL link to a Google Map so my friends there can also see my location. I think it’s so cool that someone like me with no programming skills can piece this stuff together using drag & drop tools like Pipes. Yes, I am officially a big nerd.
P.S. I know my sidebar is getting crowded. I just don’t want to have to maintain a new site to experiment with stuff like this. If it becomes annoying, let me know and I’ll trim it back.
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