Best New Mashups: Geo Tweets, Geo Photography, Geo Almanac

Adam DuVander
Jan. 14 2010, 02:55AM EST

The prevalence of mashups on the web is probably thanks to the Google Maps API as well as the 100+ other mapping APIs. It remains the most popular type of mashup, more than three times the second-most, photos. The ubiquity means maybe map mashups have lost some of their luster.

But things are changing. Twitter is geocoding tweets, location sharing is available to all. Now, maybe I'm biased, but I think 2010 is going to be a big year for location on the web. These three mashups may not blow your socks off, but they each have an element not seen in every map mashup.

  • Local Twitter Trends with Google and Yahoo: This application find local twitter trends for your city. Just click on the map, and the trends will appear. Also uses the Yahoo Term Extraction API. APIs: Google Maps, MaxMind GeoIP, Twitter, Yahoo Term Extraction. More at our Local Twitter Trends with Google and Yahoo profile.
  • Local Twitter Trends with Google and Yahoo

  • Photospots: A place for amateur photographers to share their favourite photography locations. APIs: Flickr, GeoNames, Google Maps, Ordnance Survey OpenSpace. More at our Photospots profile.
  • Photospots

  • geognos: Shows textual and visual information for all countries. For each country, a live map and photos are included, plus a map translated to your language. Uses Google Charts for data visualization. APIs: Google AJAX Language, Google App Engine, Google Maps, Google Visualization, Panoramio. More at our geognos profile.
  • geognos

    Adam DuVander Hi! I'm Developer Communications Director for SendGrid and former Executive Editor of ProgrammableWeb. I currently serve as a Contributing Editor. If you have API news, or are interested in writing for ProgrammableWeb, please contact editor@programmableweb.com Though I'm a fan of anything API-related, my particular interest is in mapping. I've published a how-to book, Map Scripting 101, to get anyone started making maps on websites. In a not-so-distant past life I wrote for Wired and Webmonkey.

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    What about www.geotwt.com ?

    This site enables you to filter tweets by location. You can specify the name of the place, or its latitude/longitude (reverse geocode lookup) to see the tweets and active users originating from that location.

    APIs: Google Maps, MaxMind GeoIP, Twitter.