Official Growth Tracking Map
With Luc’s approval, I will soon be heading a little side project in which brigade members can geographically report their public or semi-public DVD drop-offs, presentations and personal drives to publicize the Crash Course DVD.
Why is this important?
– Efficiency: It would be a waste of resources if 50 of us sent in DVDs to the same place.
– Image- Doing such a thing could look haphazard and disorganized. This could also be perceived as annoying.
– Strategy- Besides trying to prevent redundancy, this might point out voids, areas with sparse coverage.
– Momentum/Inspiration- Personally, I get a big kick watching the site grow on alexa.com. Likewise, seeing the progression in geographic form might provide us with some motivational punch- and it might just be fun.
I realize that being yet in the early stage, it may seem
unnecessary, maybe even comical, but I have deep faith that it won’t be
too long before this takes off in a truly viral manner.
I will have a link to a map posted within the next couple of days. I welcome any suggestions or criticisms on this idea, please forward them to me directly.
Sounds great, this should work very very well, and, as we grow, will go hand-in-hand with establishing local "chapters" or crash course groups if you will.
On that note, Luc, has anyone looked into setting us up on MeetUp.com?
Good work. Be sure to post something in the general forums once we officially launch.
Yes, a lady who signed up for the brigade was talking about doing smething with MeetUp. She hasn’t yet posted anything on the forums. I probably need to contact her about it.
A Frappr map might be in order. I’m not sure how customizable they are these days to track numbers, but it is a quick and easy way to make a member map.
good to have other options, but I’m not familiar with platial/frappr, and I’ve already got the googlemap up.
@anyone who wants to try it out-
I was waiting for an address list, but Luc must be busy- can’t blame him, it is Christmas eve after all!
If you want to send me your address at [email protected], I will send you an invite. (Don’t worry about the fake part of my address, this is the email I use to avoid getting deluged by spam in my real home address when I post it online.)
My sincere apologies for not sending you the list sooner. I just updated it and sent it to you as a comma separated file. I hope that’s adequate.
Is there a way we can make this public so people can submit a waypoint and we can approve/deny it?
A few days ago, I got the map up and running, but have had to put the project on hold because googlemaps seems to have a bug of sorts.
The problem is, when I send out the invitations (it is through the googlemaps site, not a function of direct email) I discovered the emails of participants was displayed for all the other participants to see. They (the people at googlemaps) are either understaffed or they don’t care, have ignored 2 of my letters inquiring about it.
So for the sake of maintaining privacy/protecting users from spam attacks, it is disabled. Those who got the invite will only get a version of the map which is not interactive, and a message describing why this is so. Please hang tight until I figure this out; in the meantime, I am checking out the similar platial.com as suggested by jkibb.
Thanks for the update Yoshi. Good work.
I look forward to seing what you come up with.
I have added several members since we last spoke, so I’ll work on a better way to deliver the contact data to you. Look for an email.
I am having a dilemma. I have sent out a new batch of invitations, this time manually typing in the the collaborator’s contact information. When I look at it from my end, I see that googlemaps still shows the email addresses (for about half the users) for all to see.
The first time I tried it, I was horrified, thinking that this may be construed as an invasion of privacy. However, since then, there has been discussion of everyone volunteering their contact information anyways- so I am thinking that at least amongst the brigade, there is an implied trust and security; I really don’t think we would go around spamming each other, would we?
When you get your invitations, please click on the "collaborate" link on the left, halfway down the page to see what it is that I’m talking about. If anyone is offended that their email address is available for others (brigade members only) to see, please tell me asap and I will remove you from the listing.
Googlemaps help still refuses to acknowledge this as a problem or reply to my letters.
@Luc- Please send me an updated list (the Excell file you sent me was Dec. 20) of brigade member addresses.
Ron told me that we could implement a simple widget to at least show a map of where people had logged into the site from. Not what you are trying to do, but an interesting bit of information nonetheless.
You can see this at the home page.
Let me know what you think.