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Tim Hibbard CEO for EnGraph software Social Geocoding Social networks with a geographic layer via real time GPS
Getting BrightKite friends using C# and LINQ
BrightKite is a location aware social network. It allows you to post notes and pictures at a specific place. It also will write to your Twitter stream so your friends can keep up with your latest activity. They also have an API, which I had the chance to play with the other night. Here is some very simple code that will write out a list of all your friends: public static void ListFriends(string username, string password) { string url = " WebRequest WRequest = ......

Posted On Monday, November 10, 2008 2:19 PM

Yahoo Live
Yahoo Live launched last night. It is basically a social network of webcams. They talk more about it on their blog. Once I saw it on digg this morning, I configured my "live" in about 20 seconds. It automatically pickup my webcam and started broadcasting. My page is here, I doubt I'll keep it up, but it's fun to play with and it fits perfectly with my exhibitionism :) They allow you embed your webcam, so I'm going to try that here: Technorati tags: Yahoo Live, Where's Tim ......

Posted On Friday, February 8, 2008 8:35 AM

Pete wants you to talk smack on Mashable
Pete Cashmore, who writes a blog you should subscribe to if you care at all about web trends, wants you to insult his posts. And he is going to pay you $500 to do so. whoever leaves the most amusingly witty derogatory comment on specific Mashable posts between now and Friday, January 5th will win $500 paid by Paypal or check. Cursing isn’t allowed, but everything else is fair game. Here is a good post to start slamming. What a great promotion effort! Technorati tags: Pete Cashmore, Mashable ......

Posted On Thursday, December 28, 2006 8:20 AM

Turn by turn directions added to Google Maps API
The Google Maps API blog talks about adding driving directions to their API. This is something that I am excited about adding to Where's Tim. I've had directions to me on my real time GPS site for a while (see the post here), but I've always just shelled out a url to Now I can retain the users of that feature on my site and not have to send them away (hoping that they will come back). This is also big for the mashup "industry" as well. Visually understanding where an object resides ......

Posted On Tuesday, June 5, 2007 8:18 AM

Help installing CF 2.0 SP1 on my device
I'm having trouble installing .NET Compact Framework 2.0 Service Pack 1 on my PPC6700. I want to play with the new version of NavXS, but when I try to download the framework from here, the installer tells me: Any ideas on how to load the framework on my PPC? I haven't been able to find a cab file anywhere. Is it a Vista thing? Technorati tags: NavXS, Compact Framework, Vista ......

Posted On Monday, May 14, 2007 7:52 AM

New WM5 client from NavXS
The guys over at NavXS have just released a new Windows Mobile client for their social geocoding network. Feel free to add me as a friend after you download the software. My user ID is and it is directly tied to data from Where's Tim. Technorati tags: NavXS, Social Geocoding, Where's Tim ......

Posted On Saturday, April 28, 2007 9:13 PM

CoT XML standard for location based data
Cursor on Target (CoT) is an effort by military and governmental branches, FFRDCs (federally funded research and development corporations) and private companies to standardize an electronic portable data format to define location based data. I am the biggest geo-geek that I know, so obviously I was very interested when they contacted me about implementing their format into Where's Tim. These guys have done a great job of making a simple schema (12 required fields) that is easy to implement. I blogged ......

Posted On Friday, April 27, 2007 2:41 PM

Media drought ends
Where's Tim hasn't been getting much attention the last couple of months. A little bit here and there, but nothing like the Digg days of last summer. I've got several requests for information the last week or so though. Joab Jackson (who did a National Geographic story last October) is working on an article. Ronan Fitzgerald (who did an article in The Guardian) has been emailing me about the Social Geocoding studs NavXS. Davey Winder is also working on a mashup article. I'll post the links to these ......

Posted On Tuesday, April 10, 2007 7:22 AM

GeoRSS on
The Google Maps API blog talks about adding support for GeoRSS enabled feeds on Google Maps. That means you can take the Where's Tim Messaging Feed and view the last 50 message people sent me on Google Maps You can also take my location feed and view it on Google Maps. Since my location feed contains Yahoo Maps, clicking on the GIcon will show a Yahoo Map on the Google Map! Technorati tags: GeoRSS, Where's Tim, Google Maps, Yahoo Maps ......

Posted On Monday, March 26, 2007 12:20 PM

Cardiff University article about geotags and Social Geocoding
Iain Martin (a student on the post graduate diploma in journalism at Cardiff University) wrote an article about the mainstreaming of geography and geotagging journalism. He talked briefly about Where's Tim and included some of my quotes on how GIS will impact various industries. He even mentioned Social Geocoding. Well, it was in a quote from me, but he still published it! He also spoke of Jerome Dobson and his concerns of loss of privacy. It's funny how we always get mentioned together in articles. ......

Posted On Tuesday, December 19, 2006 9:09 AM

Looking for proofreaders
I'm working on an article for a special personal tracking issue of a magazine. It's due next Monday and I would like some other people to look it over before I submit it. If you have some spare time this Thanksgiving weekend, send me an email and I'll send you a copy to proofread. Warning, it's mostly about Where's Tim and Social Geocoding, so if you're tired of reading about that on this blog, you're probably not going to want to read this :) Technorati tags: Writing, Where's Tim, Social Geocoding ......

Posted On Wednesday, November 22, 2006 7:29 PM

You're going to be hearing a lot more about the Social Geocoding service, NavXS. It's MySpace meets Where's Tim. These guys do it right. They have a Windows Mobile client, a Java client, Google Maps interface and a rock solid permissions model. They also have a blog here. Technorati tags: NavXS, Social Geocoding, GPS, location sharing, Where's Tim ......

Posted On Tuesday, November 21, 2006 1:17 AM

Kansas University GIS Day 2006 Wrapup
Matt Dunbar & Co. did a fantastic job putting together GIS day at Kansas University. My favorite part of the day was judging the student competition. Seven students gave ten minute presentations on unique uses of GIS. They showed everything from a geographic boundary of where grits are consumed (apparently South Carolina is the capital of all that is grits) to a traffic analysis of SW Douglas Country in Kansas. The winner was Lincoln Lewis. He showed how to make GIS data pretty using a suite ......

Posted On Thursday, November 16, 2006 12:24 PM

Social Geocoding
You heard it here first. Social Geocoding is a social network with a layer of location awareness. A million little Where's Tim's running around interacting with each other with "friends list" based permissions. NavXS, Dodgeball and Loopt are all examples. Come listen to my talk at KU tomorrow if you want to learn more. Technorati tags: Where's Tim, Social Geocoding, Social Networks, NavXS, Dodgeball, Loopt, Kansas University, GIS Day ......

Posted On Tuesday, November 14, 2006 1:04 PM

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