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current location, icbm, coords.... [Mar. 30th, 2006|06:23 am]
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Three new location metadata items in LiveJournal land:

* per-user ICBM coordinates (history). go to http://www.livejournal.com/admin/console/ and "set icbm 37.7788,-122.3974", then it'll show up in your HTML meta tags on your (main) journal page.

* per-entry ICBM ("prop_current_coords"). no way to set this on the web, and probably won't be. it exists in the protocol already, though. it must be of a standard format. you can use the format above safely. read LJ::Location if you want more details.

* per-entry "Current Location". this is on the web already, but it's not totally sexified up yet. this is free-form text. you can type "Flagstaff, AZ" or "home" or "outside" or "on the train" or whatever. later, if we can geocode it, we'll set the per-entry coordinates for you. or (later) if you upload a photo with geo EXIF in it, we'll set the corresponding's entry coordinates to that of the picture.

More later, I'm sure.

[User Picture]From: drmellow
2006-03-30 02:44 pm (UTC)
Is there a way to unset per-user ICBM coordinates?
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[User Picture]From: brad
2006-03-30 05:10 pm (UTC)
Hah, no. The "abort" button hasn't been implemented yet. :-)
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[User Picture]From: chrissmari
2006-03-30 03:18 pm (UTC)



the location field is visible from my journal's main page and from my friends list but it is not visible when viewing the entry thanks
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[User Picture]From: azurelunatic
2006-03-30 05:33 pm (UTC)

Re: bug?

It's currently only visible in S2, and in S2 comment pages. People using S1 say they can't see it in their journal at all.
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[User Picture]From: pyesetz
2006-03-30 03:24 pm (UTC)
Could use Geobytes or similar to produce a default value for "Current Location".  It's only 80% accurate, is often way off for Sprint, and completely useless for AOL, but otherwise usually close enough for a presentable guess.  I have found it to be markedly better than systems like IP2Location that depend on public registration forms.
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[User Picture]From: crschmidt
2006-03-30 04:38 pm (UTC)
http://maps.google.com/maps?q=home doesn't seem all that useful. :p at least if it's just text, people can add the google maps link themselves, or do something different with it in the style.

(I wrote a big entry whining about this already, but it's typical whining of mine, and therefore of no interest to anyone who is not-me.)
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[User Picture]From: brad
2006-03-30 04:59 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I meant to only link to a map if it "looked" like a city/address. That'll be fixed.
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[User Picture]From: loganb
2006-03-30 06:21 pm (UTC)
FYI: US Census Tiger data really sucks. If you can find a site that will let you scrape geocodes *cough* *cough*, you will likely get much better results.
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[User Picture]From: crschmidt
2006-03-30 06:31 pm (UTC)
In residential areas, especially urban ones, the TIGER data is pretty damn good. (It gets my house within 20 meters, and is much more accurate on almost every other address.)

Where have you found that it doesn't work well?
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[User Picture]From: jwz
2006-03-30 10:05 pm (UTC)


I'm seeing it on jwz.livejournal.com, but not on any of my old posts (Generator, S2).

I kinda think it ought to be on my friends page as well, but I can see the argument against that.
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[User Picture]From: brad
2006-03-30 10:14 pm (UTC)

Re: Yay!

I only inserted it onto the main index page, not entry pages. Waiting to do entry pages. Thinking entry pages should be the location of the post, falling back to location of journal.
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[User Picture]From: askbjoernhansen
2006-03-31 02:55 am (UTC)


yay, time to make the geourl crawler and feedmesh reader not mostly ignore livejournal.

"sites near jwz".

- ask
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From: trs80 [typekey.com]
2006-03-31 02:08 pm (UTC)


What about DNS LOC records on username.livejournal.com?
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[User Picture]From: brad
2006-03-31 07:49 pm (UTC)


Heh, sorry. That'd be cool, but it'd be too invasive for operations I'd imagine.
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[User Picture]From: noweb4u
2006-04-02 05:57 am (UTC)
Callsign entries would be a good thing altogether, since it could help hams find each other. It's been around way longer than aim, msn, icq, and jabber anyway.
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[User Picture]From: henry
2006-04-16 06:35 am (UTC)
So, is this a step towards being able to send along gps data with a mobile picture post so people can click a map link and see where exactly I just took said picture?
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[User Picture]From: brad
2006-04-17 03:00 pm (UTC)
Yes. Does your phone do that? If so, I'd love to further develop that.
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