Geotagging, GeoRSS, Geospatial … Geoanything

Some of my friends and colleagues know I’ve been using brightkite to record my location, usually from my BlackBerry, but occasionally from the web. I used to feed brightkite direct into twitter so that any posts or pictures would also get referenced to fellow twitterers, but aware that this can also be an annoyance, I’ve chosen to chnage the default so that I just update my location in twitter, and just send a message saying where I am, then it’s up to anyone to see where I am and what I’m up to.

I’ve been doing this for quite a while, doing it manually using the mobile web interface on brightkite, waiting for the GPS on the BB to feed brightkite to make it that little bit easier for me. Hasn’t happened yet, but Fire Eagle [now defunct] has landed and EagleFeed [now defunct] has emerged which makes the business of “publishing your location” that little bit easier.

What’s new is that using EagleFeed, my location can be fed out to any blog, or website, or anything that accepts an RSS, or Atom feed. This enables mashups and other location related material to be incorporated in pages – I know I’ll find a use for this someday, probably linked to photography.

4 thoughts on “Geotagging, GeoRSS, Geospatial … Geoanything”

  1. No, still manual – perhaps BBB will provide the answer, but then (as you might have seen in my comment on Jeffrey Mann’s Gartner post) I think my BB days are numbered if I have to use it for work when on holiday, social/leisure yes!

    Going to do a little bit more BB app hunting, Brightkite is supposed to have a BB client now.

  2. Hi! First: thanks for trying out blogloc 🙂 We do have a mobile app for GPS updating, too. And I had reports of people using it on the BlackBerry as well.

    (A word of warning: The app is primarily designed for Nokias, which have a right and left softkey underneath the screen. The BlackBerry has trackball instead. And our app doesn’t really support that. If you still want to give us a try, just use ‘1’ for GPS sync and ‘2’ for exit instead of the softkeys. Sorry – everything’s a bit beta right now. Just contact me if there’s any problem.)

    Cheers,
    Rainer

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