Here is a new toy I'm playing with. If it works correctly it should show approximately where you are located geographically. I only tested this with my home coordinates and a few others, but perhaps you can give me some feedback if you are suddenly popping up in Wladiwostok or Patagonia.
[UPDATE - I moved the flash file into the MORE part as there is a new version]
How does this work? Actually it is pretty simple: I use a PHP script to connect to NetGeo which is a geographic database that translates IP adresses into latitude and longitude coordinates, plus some additional info like country code or city name. Then I just have to translate this into XY - that is the hardest part, because my map uses a Mercator Projection.
BTW - it is possible that this sometimes does not work. There is a limit on the NetGeo server which allows only a certain amount of requests within 30 seconds.
Of course this is only the start. I already have some ideas how to continue from here:
- Show the locations of recent visitors
- Show the locations of neighboring blogs or linked sites
- Do some crazy networking/relevance/search based on location
Posted at June 27, 2002 07:30 PM | Further reading