Category Archives: Innovation Map

More maps

Some more maps that have been brought to my attention over the last week:

In the O’Reilly Post, PJ from Wayfaring makes a comment about creating maps like ours there. For some reason, none of my comments went through (I got in the blog itself, but I can’t get a comment through?). So, responding here, I hadn’t really considered using another site, as I wanted to funnel buzz through Fourio and our projects. Plus with so many points, using Wayfaring would have been very painful (I didn’t see any bulk create functionality, but maybe I missed it?). But as you can see, someone else did.

Wayfaring’s interface is well done. I especially like the tooltips and zoom for each point. Going forward, the Innovation map will probably evolve into more of a community created resource as to minimize maintenance. Something to think about.

Map updates

I’m currently drowning in submissions. Perhaps email wasn’t the best mechanism for that, eh? Ahh well, live and learn. A victim of our own success. I hope to catch up by the weekend. There are many international ones, so that should start to satisfy some complaints about the map being too US centric.

For anybody reading this that has or is going to submit…. please include an address or a lat/long (just a url, or a url and a city doesn’t cut it). This is a location based map after all and at this point, with the large number of submissions to go through, I’m not going to be to very willing to track down your location. I beg you to make it easy for me.

One thing I didn’t anticipate, was the suddenness of becoming a Web 2.0 gatekeeper. Determining which applications meet some generally accepted criteria of web 2.0 is a big judgement call, and one I’ll be wrestling with a bit as this fills out. The web 2.0 debate is already pretty hot and I don’t wish the map to be an example for the critics/cynics to point at (any more than they already are of course :-)).

Stay tuned, there may be some big twists ahead.

More Innovation Map news

A very successful day in blogosphere for the map.

Made the Digg front page and del.icio.us/popular page for the first time! (we got close to the del.icio.us/popular page for NetworthIQ).

But even more exciting was that Tim O’Reilly (yes the one who publishes all those books on your bookshelf at work), who helped define the Web 2.0 movement, posted:

“It is indeed interesting. A lot of apps I haven’t followed (and missing a lot that I have) so I can’t speak to how thoroughly it covers Web 2.0 as I think of it. (There are a lot of different aspects to Web 2.0, so this is going to be hard to do.) But it’s really interesting to see how many of the apps Ryan has selected are not in Silicon Valley.”

The other big piece of news was that Google itself mentioned the site at the JP Morgan and Connector Group Showcase last night (podcast available). That’s pretty cool, considering the presenters and attendees. (if any of those influencers and/or investors would like to know about what else we’re up to at Fourio, please contact me)

Feel free to follow along with news/reviews/comments with these links:
del.icio.us bookmarks
digg.com/links/Web_2.0_Innovation_Map
del.icio.us/url/02fd90592645b39be9052955c9e7f9cb

The map is a hit

Looks like the map is going over well. Here’s what’s happened so far.

Dion Hinchcliffe says:

“Visually shows where Web 2.0 development creativity is actually happening, using the latest Web 2.0 software lists. A pretty cool data point.”

Google Maps Mania posted its review:

“Ryan Williams has put together a great new Google Maps mashup called ‘The Web 2.0 Innovation Map'”

Emily Chang added it to eHub and is going to let me see the entire feed. This will make the next step, adding brief descriptions to the listings so much easier.

The Innovation Insider looks at some of the distribution.

The biggest news so far though is that the map made the del.icio.us/popular page.

Be sure to digg it if you get a chance: http://digg.com/links/Web_2.0_Innovation_Map.

Not a bad first day.

Web 2.0 Innovation Map

Introducing the Web 2.0 Innovation Map. We all know Silicon Valley is hot when it comes to web startups. But, what about other areas of the country? Are there any hidden hotbeds of web talent? What other groups were in the northwest along with Fourio? These were some of the questions I was looking to answer. Now, Web 2.0 can be visualized, using what else, but the Google Maps API and Yahoo Geocoding API.

I’ve taken 200 applications, tracked down their addresses, geocoded them, and placed them on the map. With some help from Todd on the design, this map was put together in the last week. It was much more work than I thought it would be to track down the addresses. Without a good (open/free/structured) WHOIS API, most of the address lookups were manual. And don’t get me started on sites not listing a contact address. Fortunately, my geocoder app worked great, so getting lats/longs was fairly painless. Then it was just a matter of exporting the Excel data to a JavaScript array and hooking it up to the map.

On a side note, I’m not here to debate the “Web 2.0” term. For this application, Web 2.0 is simply defined by the explosion of internet applications that have come out over the last year or so. I’ve used other people’s lists to compile the apps to be mapped.

The map isn’t completely finished (what web application ever is?). I’d like to add descriptions, include company information, and maybe add a little thumbnail of the site. But, I like to release early and see what kind of interest there is before investing too much time. Any feedback is appreciated.

If anybody knows of a good source for WHOIS data, or has a well structured (XML preferably) list of web apps with the name, url, and brief description (along the lines of an API for eHub or TechCrunch), please let me know.

Thanks to Adam Trachtenberg’s eBay Motors & Google Maps mashup for being a great example of how to do a mashup. It’s one of my favorites as far as implementation goes and was a big inspiration for the innovation map.

Update:
I see that TechCrunch has added an OPML file, which is a very big help. The one problem is that it points to the TechCrunch post. If there was something similar that pointed to the actual site’s URL, that would be awesome.