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<b>>> Trendsmap. com </b><br><br>Trends Map gives you an up-to-date picture of Twitter trends from around the globe. The site does this by superimposing a 'cloud' of hashtags, @mentions and keywords over the world map. Zoom into a place and you are fed with trending keywords for that spot. And you can even click on a trend to open a box that displays a live stream of related tweets. The site, which processes around 30 million posts daily, also offers individual pages for over 1, 000 cities. Indeed, for a lowdown on what the 'the global, collective of humanity is discussing right now' head over to the URL listed above.

There's a map for that

Mahafreed Irani | July 21, 2012


>> Trendsmap. com

Trends Map gives you an up-to-date picture of Twitter trends from around the globe. The site does this by superimposing a 'cloud' of hashtags, @mentions and keywords over the world map. Zoom into a place and you are fed with trending keywords for that spot. And you can even click on a trend to open a box that displays a live stream of related tweets. The site, which processes around 30 million posts daily, also offers individual pages for over 1, 000 cities. Indeed, for a lowdown on what the 'the global, collective of humanity is discussing right now' head over to the URL listed above.

<b>>> Novelsonlocation. com </b><br><br>If you love books and are looking to widen your reading, then you might want to check out Novels on Location. The Google Maps/Amazon mashup lists fiction books on a world map, based on where they are set. Clicking on the placemark icons in Mumbai, for instance, will take you to reads like Gregory David Roberts' Shantaram and Anosh Irani's The Song of Kahunsha - while clicking on Lahore displays Mohsin Hamid's Moth Smoke. <br>Each of these placemarks activates a pop-up that lists the book's title, its author and summary. Further, clicking on the title leads you to the book's corresponding page on Amazon giving you the option to purchase it from the online store. The site also offers a search bar that lets users type in the location and find novels based in that place. So if you're visiting a new city, you might want to explore it a bit more through the words of a published author.

There's a map for that

Mahafreed Irani | July 21, 2012


>> Novelsonlocation. com

If you love books and are looking to widen your reading, then you might want to check out Novels on Location. The Google Maps/Amazon mashup lists fiction books on a world map, based on where they are set. Clicking on the placemark icons in Mumbai, for instance, will take you to reads like Gregory David Roberts' Shantaram and Anosh Irani's The Song of Kahunsha - while clicking on Lahore displays Mohsin Hamid's Moth Smoke.
Each of these placemarks activates a pop-up that lists the book's title, its author and summary. Further, clicking on the title leads you to the book's corresponding page on Amazon giving you the option to purchase it from the online store. The site also offers a search bar that lets users type in the location and find novels based in that place. So if you're visiting a new city, you might want to explore it a bit more through the words of a published author.

<b>>> Soundcities. com </b><br><br>Every city has its own characteristic sounds. These could include unique combinations of mad traffic, busy markets and noisy crowds. Soundcities, an open online map, plots thousands of such soundscapes belonging to cities around the planet. You can click on placemarks to hear the sounds, read the name of the recordist and even a description about it. <br>Clicking on a placemark in Delhi, for example, will allow you to listen to a recording from a street bazaar with sounds of Punjabi music on loud speakers, random chatter and a motorbike in the background. <br>Sounds for the cities have also been categorized : Ambient, atmosphere, beat, birds, boredom, churches, industrial, mechanical, music, etc. And while most of the contributions are by Stanza, a well-travelled British painter and video artist who recorded sounds from various places and uploaded them onto the map, the site is also open to contributions from other people. Head over to add your own recordings.

There's a map for that

Mahafreed Irani | July 21, 2012


>> Soundcities. com

Every city has its own characteristic sounds. These could include unique combinations of mad traffic, busy markets and noisy crowds. Soundcities, an open online map, plots thousands of such soundscapes belonging to cities around the planet. You can click on placemarks to hear the sounds, read the name of the recordist and even a description about it.
Clicking on a placemark in Delhi, for example, will allow you to listen to a recording from a street bazaar with sounds of Punjabi music on loud speakers, random chatter and a motorbike in the background.
Sounds for the cities have also been categorized : Ambient, atmosphere, beat, birds, boredom, churches, industrial, mechanical, music, etc. And while most of the contributions are by Stanza, a well-travelled British painter and video artist who recorded sounds from various places and uploaded them onto the map, the site is also open to contributions from other people. Head over to add your own recordings.

<b>>> 4sqmap. com </b><br><br>Foursquare Map plots various tourist spots, restaurants and other such places of interest;all posted by users of the geo-local networking app, Foursquare. Visit any place on the map, and watch as the site is populated by a bunch of icons - shops, food, night spots, colleges, transit points, etc - for that area. <br>Clicking on an icon displays a popup that gives you details about the place as well as a popular tip posted by users. You can further click on the name of the place to read all tips posted by users on the Foursquare website. The database is pretty exhaustive considering that the app already has 20 million registered users. An ideal site to browse through if you're visiting a particular country or city for the first time.

There's a map for that

Mahafreed Irani | July 21, 2012


>> 4sqmap. com

Foursquare Map plots various tourist spots, restaurants and other such places of interest;all posted by users of the geo-local networking app, Foursquare. Visit any place on the map, and watch as the site is populated by a bunch of icons - shops, food, night spots, colleges, transit points, etc - for that area.
Clicking on an icon displays a popup that gives you details about the place as well as a popular tip posted by users. You can further click on the name of the place to read all tips posted by users on the Foursquare website. The database is pretty exhaustive considering that the app already has 20 million registered users. An ideal site to browse through if you're visiting a particular country or city for the first time.

<b>>> Healthmap. org </b><br><br>Quite an exhaustive resource for science and medical students and even frequent travellers. Healthmap helps users keep track of disease outbreaks around the world. Clicking on one of the many pushpins placed in any location will let you read a news story that describes the latest pandemic in the area, along with the date the story was published. <br>The pushpins are coloured differently depending on the activity level or noteworthiness of events at a particular location during a given time. An event's degree of noteworthiness is based on the news volume associated with the alert or the rating given by the site's users. <br>Launched by epidemiologist John Brownstein, a Harvard Medical School assistant professor of paediatrics, and software developer Clark Freifeld in 2006, today the site scans 24, 000 web sites every hour to map 75 infectious diseases like cholera, malaria and plague.

There's a map for that

Mahafreed Irani | July 21, 2012


>> Healthmap. org

Quite an exhaustive resource for science and medical students and even frequent travellers. Healthmap helps users keep track of disease outbreaks around the world. Clicking on one of the many pushpins placed in any location will let you read a news story that describes the latest pandemic in the area, along with the date the story was published.
The pushpins are coloured differently depending on the activity level or noteworthiness of events at a particular location during a given time. An event's degree of noteworthiness is based on the news volume associated with the alert or the rating given by the site's users.
Launched by epidemiologist John Brownstein, a Harvard Medical School assistant professor of paediatrics, and software developer Clark Freifeld in 2006, today the site scans 24, 000 web sites every hour to map 75 infectious diseases like cholera, malaria and plague.

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