Twitter/FourSquare Mashup Aids Electronic Eavesdropping

Adam DuVander
Jul. 21 2010, 01:51AM EDT

What's that guy at the coffee shop typing into his computer? These days you may actually be able to find out. If he's using Twitter or FourSquare, nearby messages can be called up using the APIs. The new Geosay mashup does exactly this, showing tweets and tips near your location--or any location you request.

Geosay has a number of ways to discover locations. It uses the W3C standard to attempt to find you, which works in many browsers (including mobile). Then it falls back upon IP geolocation with Maxmind (our Maxmind API profile). You can type in an address or landmark and it queries Google's geocoder. Finally, you can just drag the map to the desired search location and click the link at the footer of the map.

According to its creator, the project took a weekend. It's really a slick interface that does a good job of integrating the two data sources. Geosay even looks good on iPhone and iPad, forgoing the map but still doing a good job of getting the content to you.

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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Thanks also for covering http://geosay.com. I would like to say that geosay is not *for* electronic eavesdropping; we take privacy very seriously, and as our FAQ states:

"We are only displaying information that is publicly available to anyone. There are privacy implications to people publicly communicating their exact current location, and to some extent we hope geosay helps people understand that"

As Stewart says we have lots of features in the pipeline to turn the site into much more than it currently is. We aim to be the go to source for super local information wherever you are.