Author Archives: bob hitching

Location-aware mobile web apps using Google Maps v3 + geolocation

When hiring Engineers, I always look for evidence of pet projects, so recently I thought it was fair to create one of my own: GeoMeme, the fun way to measure and share real-time local twitter trends. Visitors to GeoMeme choose … Continue reading

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Scalable, fast, accurate geo apps using Google App Engine + geohash + faultline correction

GeoMeme is a web app (and also a mobile web app for iPhone and Android) that I recently developed as a pet project. It measures real-time local twitter trends. Visitors to GeoMeme choose a location on the map, and two … Continue reading

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Fast map re-location using Google Static Maps v2 + geocoder

GeoMeme is a pet project of mine. It’s a web app, and also a mobile web app for iPhone and Android, that measures real-time local twitter trends. Visitors to GeoMeme choose a location on the map, and two search terms … Continue reading

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Xumii acquired by Myriad Group

Exciting news: Xumii has been acquired by Myriad Group (SIX:MYRN). We are now part of Europe’s largest mobile technology business with software in more than 2 billion phones. This is great for Xumii as it means we can take our … Continue reading

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GeoMeme: measure and share real-time local twitter trends

I am pleased to announce the launch of GeoMeme, the fun way to measure and share real-time local twitter trends. I got thinking about this when a recent Los Angeles earthquake was being measured in tweets per second rather than … Continue reading

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How to measure Twitter trending topics

2009 has already seen some big Twitter moments, including Michael Jackson’s death and memorial service, #iranelection, Oprah’s mainstreaming, and the race between @aplusk and @cnn to reach 1 million followers. But how can we objectively measure and compare the scale … Continue reading

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Wave goodbye to spam

Google Wave combines the best of email, instant messaging and real-time collaborative editing into a new form of online communication. The email paradigm of ‘send and receive’ is replaced with a model of hosted conversations, in which “people can communicate … Continue reading

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Mobile Social Technology and Alternate Reality Gaming (ARG)

Today I spent an enjoyable couple of hours at the Australian Film Television and Radio School (AFTRS), learning about Multi Platform Content, and talking about Mobile Social Technology & Alternate Reality Gaming (ARG). We examined some emerging mobile social technologies, … Continue reading

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10 cloud datasets that I’d like to mashup

Cloud computing is being sold as a hosting architecture to provide instantly scalable on-demand computing power, storage and bandwidth. “The cloud’s resources scale with user demands. Pay only for what you use” says RackSpace, the latest to join the cloud … Continue reading

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10 ways to combine your blog with your micro-blogging

Your micro-blogging on Twitter or FriendFeed is topical. Your blog is quality. Both are valuable. How can you combine the two? 1. Display your FriendFeed content on your blog using an embeddable widget: 2. Display your latest Twitter updates on … Continue reading

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What’s the difference between user generated content and user generated rubbish? Comments please…

Some user generated content (UGC) is genuine, honest, credible, reputable, trustworthy, valuable, quality information. But some is rubbish (let’s call that UGR), including deliberately misleading propaganda, biased blog comments, bogus product reviews, spam, veiled advertising, and bad poetry (or is … Continue reading

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Social data portability: who benefits?

In 2006, a certain old-media tycoon reportedly asked Mark Zuckerberg, the 20-something founder of Facebook, “how can I build a social network like Facebook?” Zuckerberg replied “You can’t!” What Zuckerberg meant was that Facebook hadn’t set out to ‘build’ a … Continue reading

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Thanks to everyone who sponsored my Mo

Movember was a big success this year, raising awareness and $20 million for men’s health issues including prostate cancer. Thanks to everyone who sponsored my Mo, and to anyone who smiled knowingly or looked aghast or otherwise encouraged me along … Continue reading

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SearchWiki + OpenSocial = mainstream social search?

Google today launched a rather massive change to its core search product. SearchWiki adds some innocuous buttons to your search results page, enabling Digg -style voting and Friendfeed -style commenting on each result. I think this feature might prove valuable … Continue reading

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Speaking in HTTP/1.1

I’m a big fan of Hypertext Transfer Protocol. I am particularly fond of HTTP status codes and the meanings they convey with such concise and precise brevity. I just don’t GET why they are not used more often in natural … Continue reading

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