February 01, 2008

Barack Obama Campaign Trail Twitter Map

A comment on my Geo Twitter - GeoCoding Your Tweets and Plotting Them on an Embeddable Map post from Richard@Soapdish point out how the hack is "quite effective if you plug in BarackObama's twitter ID. Shows what a mental amount of travelling he's doing at the moment."


Here's the actual, live map (feed readers, you'll need to click through...):

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And how long did that take?! All I had to do was paste barackobama into the geotwitter pipe, grab the URL of the KML feed (right click on "Get as KML" then choose the option closest to "Copy Link Location"), and paste it into a Google map search box.

Don't you just love it when a mashup comes together? ;-)

PS I'll maybe try to figure out a 1-click way of getting the map embed code from just the twitter userid, over the w/e ;-)

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Posted by ajh59 at February 1, 2008 05:56 PM

I think I may have a simple solution to your one-click question. I use YubNub (http://yubnub.org) and created custom YubNub commands to (1) view the geocoded Twitter updates in a Google Maps page and to (2) generate the embed code.

Here are some links for more information:
On the YubNub commands:

To use them:

In each case, just supply the username of the Twitter user whose updates you want to map.


Posted by: Nathan Rein at February 4, 2008 11:21 PM

Hi Nathan

Thanks for the tip... I've not used yubnub before; I'll check it out next coffee break ;-)

thanks again

Posted by: Tony Hirst at February 5, 2008 12:16 AM

Enjoy. YubNub is worth fooling around with. I've been using it about two years now, and I've gradually come to find it indispensable. It replaces most of my bookmarklets, all of my search tools, and can even automate simple but annoying tasks like generating embed codes. It's kind of fun, and it can speed up a lot of tasks.

Posted by: Nathan Rein at February 5, 2008 03:59 AM