Tiny Geo-coder Updated, Reversed, Used

Tiny Geo-Coder

Tiny Geo-Coder

Thanks to Emily Chang at eHub and Jackson West at LifeHacker.com, the Tiny Geocoder became an overnight smash hit.

With 8 hours of submitting my site to eHub it had been picked up and written about. Not long after, LiveHacker picked up the story and wrote a short article on the tiny, fast service that gives you latitude and longitude in exchange for a human-readable location. Less than 24 hours later there were over 30,000 new mentions across the internet. Today, there are over 70,000 links and mentions and over 200k queries.

With that kind of popularity comes a massive amount of suggestions, business deals, and more. I’m definitely a fan of that. So, of course I had to oblige and add in reverse geocoding too (thanks to many of your suggestions).

And of course, I couldn’t just leave it at that. Cody Marx Baily a.k.a. superphly contacted me and we partnered up to create…

…. drum roll please ….



TinyGPS.org. Think of it as a shortening service for locations. Sure, you could type the address and make people map it. Or, you could just send them a URL like http://tinygps.org/15. With that, you’ll get links to the weather (Weather Underground), where to find beer nearby (Beer Mapping), events in the area (Upcoming.org), good restaurants (Yelp), news about the general vicinity (Google News), and even social media posts by others who are in the area (Brightkite).

We’re going to keep adding services, and might even embed a few into the page itself instead of linking off. But, for now, it’s a great way to share a ton of relevant things around a location without a massively large URL.

So, I’m very happy to have such a successful product make it “big”. It’s been fun watching the stats roll in and see how people are using it. I hope this trend continues with some of the other fun projects I am working on.

Thanks for making it fun to build things! This beer’s for you!

Nate Ritter lives in the Pacific Northwest (U.S.), popularized the #hashtag and creates web applications for a living. He also does miles and point hacking to enable cheap travel for his family. More here →

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