Official Growth Tracking Map
Thanks for the update Yoshi. I will get you the updated list soon. I actually have to add several people to my database, so I’ll have it to you after I do that.
Oh and Chris/Ron, I saw the gadget on the front page and I must say, "very cool!" It immediately brought to mind Yoshi’s project.
Good work, Yosh.
Thanks guys, for the encouragement. I’m still not convinced that googlemaps is the way to go- way back, someone suggested using http://platial.com/frappr. I opted for google only because it has a wider userbase, but I realize that isn’t always solid reasoning. Too early to tell yet, but there hasn’t been any new activity on the googlemap.
I’m still open to suggestions, still looking at platial and others. We’ll see.
I’ll be honest, I think the concept is excellent and we need to push it even harder, but I think Google Maps is limited in what it can do for us. I suggest looking and seeing what’s out there. I envision a more "social networking" type map service that we can use. It might even be Google Map powered but it will have all the bells and whistles that make it more user-friendly.
Frapper is a good place to start. In my browsing I want to say I came across another site that seemed very intuitive, but it was a while ago (before this project) and I can’t remember where I saw it.
Look around a little bit. I think we can come up with something workable.
If there’s nothing better out there than Google Maps, then we will make it work. I’ll personally send out a mass-mail to get everyone to log on and maybe even try to get it endorsed on the front page.
Thanks so much for the help. And I’ll be getting you that mailing list soon. Just have to put it in a better format. Do you use Thunderbird? I can send it to you as a Thunderbird contacts file.
Let me know.
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I appreciate your honesty, and yes, I agree that googlemaps has some issues. I will make a point of trying out the other ones/looking for others shortly.
I found this blog today: http://googlemapsmania.blogspot.com/2006/02/web-20-and-social-networking-sites.html
It keeps track of all of the Google Maps based social networking sites that are popping up. You might be able to mine somethign useful from it.
here’s a new idea:
The googlemap is clearly a bust so far. I think people might be baffled and intimidated with the not so intuitive map placement procedures. The link you gave me, Luc, still uses googlemaps, and I think that is the core problem.
Google docs is forum where people can share information, accessible merely by clicking on my link, no registration needed as long as they have a google account.
Anyone can enter information including locations and details of what they have done/ places they have distributed the DVD, given talks, etc.- it will update in realtime, so that multiple people can have the file open simulataneously.
It is a lot easier for people to enter details onto a table. All users can remain perfectly anonymous if they choose.
As long as people enter accurate information, I can post this info onto the map I started, it would not be that hard for me to do- really just copy/pasting an address would painlessly zoom me to the correct location, where I can just copy/paste the details.
I wonder if this would garner more interest/participation? Comments, anyone?
It is a good idea and we should definitely try it. I think there may be other ways we can get people to participate in direct tracking.
For instance: if we had a "Martenson Brigade Lounge" on the website that is kind of like a Wiki where people could add information, etc, about brigade progress, there could be a section for tracking where a map applet is posted and users could view it regularly and interact with it.
Anyone interested in taking on a Wiki project for PeakProsperity.com?
But for now, I trust you to use any methods you deem effective in getting this off the ground.
Thanks for your continued insight, Yoshi. Tell me what type of support you need and I will do my best to provide it.