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Placeopedia New day, new (notorious) mash-up envolving Google Maps. Placeopedia is a great mash-up that combines Google Maps with Wikipedia, creating a visual representation of topics by place – thus allowing you to search for articles that relate to a certain location in a map.

Placeopedia tackles the problem with Wikipedia of not having a visual guide to where (in a map) articles refer to. Naturally, it doesn’t make sense to localize every single article, but where correctly used, this may become an extremely powerful (and fun) tool.

  • Dave Winer

    Thanks for the excellent writeup. The two Evans are making something interesting happen. And despite what some say I think you’ll be surprised, perhaps pleasantly, that RSS will play a role in glueing the systems together.

  • PXLated

    Keep us posted Steve, very interested in the (your) progress/transition.

  • francine hardaway

    Just tell me where to go to meet my friends. These details, they confound me:-)

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  • Slimy

    This isn’t IT related. Go write for TC.

  • alex

    Steve: Interesting, but how will this impact the Enterprise? I’m sure it will but I don’t see it just yet. Please help me understand.

  • Sean Kelly

    This reminds me of the quote, “The Lunatics Have Taken Over the Asylum”.

    Twitters success is one of brand mindshare and technical solutions to its’ perceived problems go nowhere to capture that ground. Look to the Facebook/Myspace clones to appreciate how this is not going to happen.

  • Ben

    Enough with twitter @ TechCrunch IT already.
    Do you guys want us to take you seriously or not?

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  • Karoli

    I don’t know how you can say it’s not IT related. Isn’t IT all about networks? Wouldn’t enterprise benefit from a real-time information stream with the ability to extract and track key terms?

    Seems to me that IT professionals would be the very audience for this information. Redundancy, ways to move — no, PUSH — information to respective interested parties would be right up enterprise’s alley.

  • Steve Gillmor


    If you look at micro blogging as the “horse race” Twitter has a comfortable lead. The conversational track functionality, however, depends on a smaller number of users in what can be called a discoverable cloud. Here, Twirl’s role as an aggregator/reader of not just Twitter but FriendFeed and Summize’s clouds allows Track-centric users to maintain their existing relationships while cherry picking the follow social graph to transfer the real-time value of the combined cloud. In effect, Twhirl becomes a validator of at a vulnerable moment for Twitter. I find it more than coincidental the similarity to the rise of RSS at the dawn of Web services, which arguably has had a powerful resonance in the still continuing roiling of enterprise architecture.

  • Pete Prodoehl

    “How will this impact the Enterprise” Well, with the development of open services like (based on the open source Laconica) and clients that can support it (like Twhirl) it opens up the doorway for companies to build their own versions of Twitter, or MicroBlogging sites, to use as they see fit. I think that’s an exciting prospect…

  • alex

    Thank you … I’m starting to get it (but only starting). We enterprise guys can be a little slow ….

  • Amyloo

    “…while the incumbent sits there like a hall monitor.” I liked that part.

    On relevance to the enterprise, don’t you think there are a couple different things going on here? There’s the business intelligence piece (especially for consumer-facing companies), the value of which, as you mention, the Twitter guys are all too well aware of.

    Then there’s the employee and partner messaging aspect, which could be useful in different ways, whether it’s used to talk to the world, or in a more private way. I could see an intranet hack with something like tinyurls linking not just to websites but also to docs on a file server inside an enterprise.

  • Aronski

    If there has ever been a space race that the users have had an influence on, it’s been this one. Maybe the fact that it is about real time broadcast and communication that has fueled the speed of the responses (except, of course in Twitter’s case).

    I must also voice the thought to those who don’t feel that this emerging form of communication would not be valuable to IT; wouldn’t IT benefit from a system that broadcasts and responds in groups over stationary & mobile platforms in real time? Wouldn’t the feedback gathered and the time sensitive nature of business be helpful? If something was wrong with your product (or right), wouldn’t you like to use track to find out ASAP if people were talking about it so you could do something about it?

    Look beyond what people are eating…

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