Geographic News Filter “EveryBlock”

Wednesday, 14 May 2008

EveryBlock

“‘What’s happening in my neighborhood?’

For a long time, that’s been a tough question to answer. In dense, bustling cities like Chicago, New York and San Francisco, the number of daily media reports, government proceedings and local Internet conversations is staggering. Every day, a wealth of local information is created — officials inspect restaurants, journalists cover fires and Web users post photographs — but who has time to sort through all of that?

Our mission at EveryBlock is to solve that problem. We aim to collect all of the news and civic goings-on that have happened recently in your city, and make it simple for you to keep track of news in particular areas. We’re a geographic filter — a “news feed” for your neighborhood, or, yes, even your block.

At this time, we cover three American cities: Chicago, New York and San Francisco. On each site, you can type in any address to read local news and public information near you. You’ll find three main types of news:

  • Civic information — building permits, crimes, restaurant inspections and more. In many cases, this information is already on the Web but is buried in hard-to-find government databases. In other cases, this information has never been posted online, and we’ve forged relationships with governments to make it available.
  • News articles and blog entries — major newspapers, community weeklies, TV and radio news stations, local specialty publications and local blogs. We do the work of classifying articles by geography, so you can easily find the mainstream media coverage near particular locations.
  • Fun from across the Web — local photos posted to the Flickr photo-sharing site, user reviews of local businesses on Yelp, lost and found postings from Craigslist and more. We figure out the relevant places and point you to location-specific items you might not have known about.

We like to toss around the word “news” to describe all of this, and that might surprise you at first. Isn’t news what appears on the front page of the New York Times? Isn’t news something produced by professional journalists?

Well, it can be — and we include as much of that on EveryBlock as possible. But, in our minds, “news” at the neighborhood or block level means a lot more. On EveryBlock, “Somebody reviewed the new Italian restaurant down the street on Yelp” is news. “Somebody took a photo of that cool house on your block and posted it to Flickr” is news. “The NYPD posted its weekly crime report for your neighborhood” is news. If it’s in your neighborhood and it happened recently, it’s news on EveryBlock.”

http://www.everyblock.com/about/

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Seero Puts Videos on the Map

Tuesday, 13 May 2008

Seero

About Seero

“Seero.com is a geo-broadcasting platform for users to broadcast and experience destinations around the world. Seero fuses live and on-demand video with GPS mapping to create a rich and unique user experience. Our goal is to shake the foundations of how you see video with a platform that promotes exploration and geographical awareness.

If you are looking for another typical video site, or ‘Television Online’, this probably isn’t the place for you. If you want to experience a new way to see the world, welcome. Seero utilizes the vast potential of the internet to create an original brand of content. If you are a citizen journalist, local tour guide, back road explorer, talented performer, or simply have a great destination to unveil, Seero is your platform to broadcast your world.”

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Heineken’s “Delivery Men”

Thursday, 10 January 2008

Heineken

Heineken seems to use digital fleet management for a marketing campaign and a mashup game. The Dutch beer brewery shows live the position of their “delivery men”. In a game you can predict the next stop of the trucks. It is a cooperation with the geotagging community bliin.

Via The Mobile City who quote the Dutch blog Bright.


Places to smoke at Germany and France

Tuesday, 8 January 2008

smoke-spots.de

smoke-spots.de is a google maps mashup showing German locations for smokers and was launched a few days ago. It is part of a marketing campaign by Reemtsma, a company of the Imperial Tobacco Group – reacting to the new legal restrictions for smoking in the public.
Reemtsma press release (German)

Same thing for French: “Places to smoke at France” (Google Maps Mania) can be found at oufumer.fr. The credits do not give any hint whether the tobacco industry sponsors the projects.
Oufumer.fr


locr@Nokia

Wednesday, 19 December 2007

locr

Germany-based company locr states that their software for Symbian S60 phones is available at Nokia’s EMEA download site – in a press release for instance via inar.de. locr offers a community and a software for geotagging photos.

www.locr.de | http://www.locr.com/index.php?lang=en


MizPee’s loocation-based service

Monday, 17 December 2007

MizPee

About: “MizPee finds the closest, cleanest toilets in your area. You can add and review toilets, get some cool deals in your area and challenge your knowledge of toilet trivia”.

A video taken from CBS by datnice@YouTube.


Pointoo moves forward

Saturday, 1 December 2007

Users of the “location bookmark service” Pointoo just received a mail that Pointoo changes its status and becomes an independent company, a GmbH. Pointoo is in the portfolio of the Holtzbrinck eLab