Archive for the ‘geolocation’ Category
I was reading an article in the International Herald Tribune which stated that the search in foreign countries, such as China or India, of foreign news sources, European or American, for news about the home country is high. Citizens of a country like to know what the foreign press is saying about their home country.
When looking at the statistics you can see that the search for India is obviously most performed in India, with second and third place locations being the United Arab Emirates and Singapore. For China the same can be seen, Hong Kong SAR is the number one searcher for China and the second and third place are taken by Singapore and Malaysia.
For me knowing how people search is as important as what they search for. Trends is a powerful tool to do this, and local knowledge is just as important. Whether you are targeting specific regions or want global reach. These search trends also show that some of the targeting also affects foreign nationals overseas.
So how can you use this information?
You might have noticed that some subjectless, single blog line posts are added to this blog during the day, they may contain a location or an activity as would be more appropriate for a Twitter or a BrightKite feed. These truncated blog posts are actually the microblogs – or status updates – which I’m sending with my GTalk client for the CrackBerry to Ping.fm – which syndicates my microblogs to 20+ sites including Twitter. Sadly enough these messages are erroneously being posted to WordPress by Ping.fm.
I am currently employing two options for correcting this:
- Use my custom trigger (shortcut #ms) to post to all my microblogs – by way of Ping.fm – with the exception of WordPress
- In case a message is posted incorrectly, remove the WordPress item from the blog manually
This does mean that typos cause these microblogs to appear here until I manually remove them, however leaving WordPress active in Ping.fm still makes it possible for me to write a blog post in Ping.fm and have it syndicated to all my blogs. Were I to decide to remove WordPress from Ping.fm I would most likely lose a good part of the automated syndication of my blog postings.
UPDATE: I think I’ve been able to disable this for WordPress, we’ll wait and see…
I love mashups and saw this one that I would like to share with you: Google Maps Fastest Roundtrip Solver. It not just populates the map, but produces an instruction for getting there with distance data. Now if only it produced the most eco-friendly trip.
On BetaNews I just saw that:
“The American Civil Liberties Union and Electronic Frontier Foundation are suing the Justice Dept. for “documents, memos, and guides” about procedures used to track individuals through cell phones.
“The [ACLU] and the [EFF] aren’t looking for money … Instead, the two civil liberty advocacy groups want information about whether and how the government might be using the location capabilities in cell phones to find out where people are.”1
The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals had already upheld the ruling that the FBI was not allow to spy on in-car computers, which was made possible by the OnStar system, “… a 2003 lawsuit revealed that systems such as OnStar can be used for eavesdropping on passenger conversations”
- US Justice Dept. sued for info on cellular tracking practices
- Court to FBI: No spying on in-car computers
- FBI taps cell phone mic as eavesdropping tool