Platial – mashup with meaning

Platial

Have you had a chance to check out Platial yet?

It’s a big call, but I think this is possible my favourite Google Maps mashup to date.

Platial allows you to create your own maps using the Google Map interface, as well as add to other people’s maps. You can map *anything* you like. So, because it’s about people making meaning with maps/places, you end up with some really interesting content.

Some of the maps are very personal – trips that people have taken, places they frequent regularly, places they’ve had car accidents. Others are useful community tools – Stereo shops that don’t suck, restaurants, commuter public transportation, band tour maps. Here’s a little sample:

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Hooray! Google Calendar!

Google Calendar Screenshot

Generally I try to avoid blogging about what the rest of the world is blogging, and right now that’s the leaking of the Google Calendar screenshots via Michael Arrington at TechCrunch. Michael says that someone ‘broke down and leaked these’. ValleyWag tells a much more interesting version of the story (but then, that’s their job).

All I want to say really is – hooray!

I’m sure I mentioned before that I now use Gmail as my primary email, and have more or less ditched Outlook. The only downside was that I didn’t have a nicely integrated calendar with my mail and contact lists… it was starting to get a little dire and I was almost about to go look for a solid alternative.

Hurry, hurry Google people! Release your calendar. I really need to stop writing my calendar on my hand every day. It doesn’t look so professional. :)
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how do I love pixoh? Let me count the ways….

Pixoh

  1. I love pixoh because when I got my new laptop I lost my installation of Photoshop and I wanted something else that I could use… but cheaper
  2. I love pixoh because I was far from a power user of Photoshop anyway. 95% of the time I just used it to optimise images for the web. Guess what. This is just what pixoh does.
  3. I love pixoh because it’s free
  4. I love pixoh because it integrates with Flickr (lets me edit images that I’ve posted to Flickr, and lets me save images direct to my Flickr account).
  5. I love pixoh because it lets me edit photos from the web or from my computer.
  6. I love pixoh because it’s so simple. So easy. Simple concept, easy to use.
  7. I love pixoh because they’ve take this simple concept and executed it so beautifully.
  8. I love pixoh because they have a clever bookmarklet that reminds me that I love pixoh (yes, i suffer info overload!), and makes it even EASIER than their website to use.
  9. I love pixoh because they include an example that you can play with on their homepage.
  10. I love pixoh because it shows me image dimensions and coordinates on the fly.
  11. I love pixoh because they let you vote for what they’re going to develop and release next (how 2.0)

There’s only one thing I don’t like about pixoh at the moment…

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