I scan a lot of stuff via my networks, news readers, twitters, email… mostly it is just a humongous pile of disconnected bits, and sometimes, sometimes, strands come together to make sense.
- In the way back, the way way back of human memory storage I recall Ewan McIntosh writing about some new tool he was excited about called dopplr… I did not even recall what it did, but I get so much useful info out of his blog, that his mentioning of it registered something in my brain.
- About a week or so ago, another colleague I respect very much, Scott Leslie wrote some tweets and a blog post wondering if there was some web.0 tool that would make it easy to see what conferences colleagues in his net work were attending in the future. He took a stab at upcoming.org but was unsure if that did what he was aiming for.
- That got me thinking about a way I had mapped my travels since 2003— IndyJunior was an early Flash application that could read data from an XML file and dynamically map it. My implementation was to create a new XML file for each year, and my custom PHP script uses a menu to pass the XML to IndyJunior. This is pretty much Web 3.14159265 as it is tedious to look up coordinates of places and manually edit XML. But Scott prompted me at least to get my 2008 travels posted.
- And then today, a small event clicked it all. I was actually searching / reading/ wandering elsewhere, and I saw someone’s blog who had a little dopplr badge that pretty much said where that blogger was today.
And wham! It all clicked! It seemed like dopplr was the tool Scott might be looking for and one that would be much better for me to do what I had done with IndyJunior. So I hopped over to dopplr.com, created an account, and found it quite easy to add my trips.
It did an ok map, but it is strange that the pins don’t provide any info when clicked:
I like the sidebar widget it provides
the only missing thing is that dopplr is seemingly intent to really shine when you establish contacts, and I’m still sorting out how to do that (you cannot see someone else’s dopplr unless they let you….”
I’m still toying with it, but the best part is how this disjointed events came together. If anyone wants to trade dopplr’s let me know – mine is at http://www.dopplr.com/traveller/cogdog