Best New Mashups: What it Takes to be Map-tastic

Adam DuVander
Nov. 16 2010, 12:00AM EST

With roughly one-third of our entire mashup directory composed of mapping mashups, we've come to expect a lot if a site plans to use a map. That said, we're still big fans of maps and are always excited to see something new. Each of the mashups below brought something new, whether it's interaction, data, visualization--or all three.

  • Map My Followers: Uses Google Maps and Twitter APIs to show where your Twitter followers are coming from and what they're interested in. APIs: Google Maps, Twitter. More at our Map My Followers profile.
  • Map My Followers

  • Xtracked: Xtracked turns your mobile phone into a personal and professional GPS tracking system. A powerful web-based track analyzer combining charts, maps and reports. APIs: AddThis Menu, Blogger, Google Maps, Twitter. More at our Xtracked profile.
  • Xtracked

  • Stadtkinder: Find out what events are going on in your city, which locations are hot right now and where your friends are. Currently only supports select cities in Austria. APIs: Brightkite, Facebook, Foursquare, Google Gears Geolocation, Google Maps, Gowalla, Layar, Twitter. More at our Stadtkinder profile.
  • Stadtkinder

    Adam DuVander -- Adam heads developer relations at Orchestrate, a database-as-a-service company. He's spent many years analyzing APIs and developer tools. Previously he worked at SendGrid, edited ProgrammableWeb and wrote for Wired and Webmonkey. Adam is also the author of mapping API cookbook Map Scripting 101.

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