Links: Mapping Twitter, Arc2Earth Publisher

  • The mobile publishing revolution will be mapped… Twitter Facts lists SEVEN different Twitter mapping solutions. Twittervision cousin Twittermap is especially interesting — it shows the most recent tweets for a given zoomed-in view. So far, no solution that I am aware of offers a network link for Google Earth, and it is not yet possible to see just the georeferenced tweets of the people you subscribe to. But I’m guessing that this is just a matter of time.
  • Of interest to GIS pros (but no doubt they already know): Brian Flood & Co’s Arc2Earth Publisher has been released. Arc2Earth Publisher goes beyond the exporting of ESRI ArcGIS content to KML that Arc2Earth Standard does; it can also publish map tiles for Google Earth, the Google Maps API, and the Microsoft Virtual Earth API; it can even write the API code for you; and you have the option of serving the tiles from Amazon S3′s scalable server space. Also, Arc2Earth Publisher can do Google Earth Superoverlays, so that you get progressively higher resolution tiles shown as you zoom in.

    The upshot for us consumers? More good content. FYI, Arc2Earth was used in the making of many of the prototypes for the Darfur layers, currently in Google Earth.

  • Live Maps/Virtual Earth/Live Local’s product manager responds to the Laudati/Scoble thread on the web app’s inability to gain prominence. He doesn’t seem to think the multiple names are too much of a problem (and I think he is wrong), but he does praise the Google Maps developers for their slick new editing features (as we did:-)

2 thoughts on “Links: Mapping Twitter, Arc2Earth Publisher”

  1. Hi Stefan – I think you missed my point in my blog post. I think our series of name and URL changes has significantly affected our growth. I go on to say there is a lot more to consider when you take into account the growth our site has indeed achieved even in the face of these confusing changes.

    I work on the Product team, not the marketing/branding side of our business, so i don’t have a lot of insight into the rationale for these name changes. As a software engineer, i work on improving the product and have zero control over what it’s called publicly. that’s the point I was making here:

    I have to wonder if we had left our name alone (we were originally VirtualEarth.com) what effect that would have had on our usage. I work on the product side of Virtual Earth, so I don’t have a lot of insight into the decisions that have lead to this series of name changes. For those that really care, i’ll see if i can get someone in our product management group to share some insight.

    on the subject of drawing tools, i’m specifically drawing attention to the ghost node feature which I didn’t see mentioned in your original post (or any other blog posts on the subject). I was stating that I was curious as to why bloggers all failed to note this nifty feature and put forth a theory. most everything else you mentioned (drag nodes, right click for drawing options…) has been in VirtualEarth for a long while. The ghost node however is a nice improvement but could only be appreciated by actual users of the feature areas and was therefore largely overlooked by bloggers.

    regards,

    Steve Lombardi

    Virtual Earth Program Manager

  2. Hi Steve,

    Sorry if I misread your post re the names. I thought your point was that it is hard to tell what the effect would has been. And I’m wishing you were angrier with your marketing colleagues:-)

    As for the ghost nodes — you’re right, I didn’t mention them by name (I had no clue what they are called) but that’s what I meant when I referred to the “plenty of visual feedback” while editing polygons.

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