WordPress blogs on Google Earth

Ages ago I used WorldKit to make a map of where people were using WP both in the UK and over the world. I just put the data into a file when people sent it to me, I went and got data for no-one because I hardly know where people live do I ?

Anyway, that file was sitting there doing nothing, I was playing with Google Earth (still haven’t found a penguin – I’ve even checked zoos!) so I slung them both together.

The file you need is this: WordPress.kmz.
Download and in GE, File > Open > browse to saved file.

If you want to take that file and do other stuff with it, help yourself.
If you want removing, email me.
Need a correction ? Let me know.
If you want to be on it, send me the (WordPress) blog name, blog description and blog address. ALSO send the latitude and longitude of exactly where you are……. to t2 @ romanticrobot.net. Putting Google Earth as a subject will help the filter.

If you want a reminder about why you need to be exact, in the map I just made someone is blogging from a freeway, someone else appears to live in a national monument and two people are ‘swogging’ – swimming while blogging.

And it’s not serious, it’s not “official” – it is whatever you want it to be. And if being on such a thing means an extra visitor or two, why not ? :)

Update: I don’t ask that you can only read this blog if you use WP do I ? So why keep it WP exclusive ? No reason. After all, if we never looked at blogs other than from the engines we used then we’d not be able to see the other things that can be done with themes and sliding comments! so if you do want adding …. send info :) Or take it and make it more. or something. Or just ignore it.

32 thoughts on “WordPress blogs on Google Earth

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  3. Very cool Mark, and perfect timing as Google Earth has just made it to the Mac. I’m intrigued to know the method you used to add locations, I was expecting the locations to be xml formatted like the googlemaps API. As it wasn’t it took me ages to add myself.

    Btw – penguins are probably a bit below the angular resolution of the satellite, but I did see two guys found themselves, so keep searching!

  4. I cheated with GE. I used the data from WorldKit and just copied / pasted. I would love to have some really geeky explanation that involved the scraping of data, pinging here and there, running code through processes with 4 letter acronyms but alas….. I just copied what people sent me.

    I think I found lots of penguins. Some might say they are but shadows though. UNBELIEVERS!

  5. Hi Mark!

    This is a great idea, that I have thought about myself, since I experienced the great blogging community. I had a love affair with Google Earth last summer.

    If this takes on, it would be impossible to cut and paste all data.
    I don’t have a script for adding data, but it is certainly possible to do, considering the kmz files are XML.

    In GE, as I guess you know, you may load the kmz file dynamically from a web server. Anyone who installs the kmz url into GE, would always have the latest version.

    The “GEarthPress” ( or whatever site ) would have an kmz upload area where blogger could join ( provided backtracking I guess ).

    A script would take the uploaded kmz file, unarchive it and add it to the WordPress.kmz file ( zip archive ).

    The kmz-file itself is easily created in GE with coordinates, direction, distance and tilt and saved to disk.

    If you like to include me, my kmz file is here: http://petitpub.com/blog/petit.kmz

  6. Ian – Yes you are right of course. When I thought this the other day, I also had the idea that “maybe I’m first this time” :) Ha!
    Anyhow, I played around quite a bit with GE this summer and enjoyed it very much. It was truly a new and fascinating experience.
    GE ( or rather KeyHole, as it were ) is made for communities, but for many other things too.

    The user interface has a lot to wish for of course. When you get many places to visit or when you get large communities, it’s hard to organize them within the interface. I think we will finally have a local searchable database for the kmz files.

    AS for Mark idea here, if it goes to full scale, one could assume that the community would be rather large. My suggestion above to have a central service script knitting the many kmz files together in one large file, that should be checked and updated dynamically when a user starts Google Earth may not be feasible.

    But the built in mechanism for dynamic update may make possible a distributed system in which GE itself makes incremental updates to to the place marks from different servers on the basis of coordinates and distance.

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  8. I have a wordpress blog and would love to be marked on your map/

    http://www.theislandsplash.com

    We are located in Corpus Christi, Texas on North Padre Island. Our blog is simple it covers anything about the Island we live on. It has events, weather, pictures, summer drinks, and soon much more.

    27 47′ 32 N
    97 25’ 34 W

    I think the google map idea you came up with is just super.

    Thank you
    Gary Trayler

  9. GOOGLE EARTH ROCKS!! (and NASA World Wind thought it was big) AAAH HA HA HA!! That’s funny! Google Earth is way better than anything else, except that NASA World Wind has cool earth clouds and, um… well that’s it. ]=)

    Sicerely,
    SilverSpokes

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