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As if the favicon feature of si.blogs site wasn't useless enough, I added another feature with impressively low usefulness factor. I created a map of si.blogs!

si.blogs map

Currently only four blogs are listed, so if you have a si.blog get movin' and get your blog on the map! This are instructions copied from the siblogs FAQ.

Q: How can I add my blog on the map?
A:
It's quite easy. All you have to do is add location information to your blogs HTML headers and the si.blogs engine will do the rest. You can use ICBM and/or geo.position meta tag.

First, find out your position. If you have GPS, this should be a no-brainer. If you don't have a GPS, I recommend using Google Maps to locate your position:

  • open Google Maps (use satellite mode for Slovenia)
  • zoom and pan the map so that you find your location
  • double click on your location so that it centers on the screen, be as precise as possible
  • now click on the "Link to this page" link in the upper-right corner
  • the URL in the browser now contains a long link with your position encoded, for example:
    http://maps.google.com/maps?ll=46.048693,14.509163&spn=0.101866,0.240704&t=k&hl=en
  • The numbers in bold are your position. The first one is latitude and the second one longitude
  • Put those numbers in ICBM and/or geo.position meta header. You can also write down the name of the location and you get something like this:

<meta name="ICBM" content="46.048693, 14.509163">
<meta name="DC.title" content="http://www.siblogs.com">
<meta name="geo.position" content="46.048693;14.509163">
<meta name="geo.region" content="SI">
<meta name="geo.placename" content="Ljubljana Castle">

  • Now insert this bit of text in the <head></head> section of your blog template. If you are using WordPress there is a nice plug-in called Geo Plugin that saves you from digging in the HTML. I'm not aware of similar plug-ins for other blogging engines, but if you find them, let me know so I can't point them out here.
  • Now refresh you blog in the browser and view the source. If you see location meta tags you are done.
  • Siblogs engine will scan will scan the blogs once a day and generate a map of all blogs with location information. If you want to see your self on the map faster, send me a note and I'll refresh the map manually as soon as possible.

You know where you can reach me in case something doesn't work like expected or you need help with getting your blog on the map.

Posted on Sunday, August 14, 2005 10:05 AM | Filed under: Developement Blogging Internet |

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# re: Si.blogs map 8/14/2005 8:01 PM Jernej
hmm... misliš a deluje tud za dve lokaciji hkrati? Mene bi lahko efektivno razdelil na pol, LJ-MB ;)

# re: Si.blogs map 8/14/2005 8:07 PM David
He, he. :) Ne, za dve lokaciji hrakti ne bo šlo. Pick one. Magari točno na sredini! ;)

# re: Si.blogs map 8/15/2005 1:30 AM Mark
sweet. nice, 'useless' but still sweet feature :)

# re: Si.blogs map 8/15/2005 10:41 AM Dr. Kruegel
Useless. It defies the basic principle of the internet which is Omnipresence. ;-D


# re: Si.blogs map 8/15/2005 10:46 AM David
So, Dr.K, where's your location info?

# re: Si.blogs map 8/15/2005 10:59 AM Dr. Kruegel
Planet Earth, western civilization. :D


# re: Si.blogs map 8/15/2005 3:17 PM CaqKa
Evo jaz sem tudi nalociran.

# re: Si.blogs map 8/15/2005 3:23 PM David
Dr.K: put that in meta tags if you can!.
CaqKa: You're on the map, yes. Cool.

# re: Si.blogs map 8/15/2005 4:27 PM peter
It's nice to see "omnipresent" bloggers pinned to a real-life map. But is it enough?
I suggest U make a visualisation of bloggers' cars, annual incomes, marital status, number of kids, body measurements, sq feet per household, a short presentation of friends, neighbours and relatives, and, last but not least, wouldn't it be nice if U included face, retina and fingertip scans?

Why leave it all to the bushees...

# re: Si.blogs map 8/17/2005 4:53 PM Miha
Looks great, now that my blog is there too :))

By the way, I stumbled upon this flash version of Google Maps <a href="http://www.flashearth.com/">http://www.flashearth.com/</a>.

# re: Si.blogs map 8/30/2005 11:03 AM CaqKa
hehe.
wave ride je pa na portugalskem, je treba it čist vun odzumirat če ga hočeš videt :)

# re: Si.blogs map 8/30/2005 11:09 AM David
Jap! :) Zato tud v splashu piše, da ne pozabi odzumirat. Fancy, a?

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