Monday, April 2, 2007
Web Two Point Oh!
The website www.programmableweb.com is an amazing resource for mashups, web applications that allow users to link up various Web 2.0 sites like Google Maps, YouTube, and Flickr. Three that I have found that are of a particular significance and interest to me are Virtual Video Map, Geomentary and The Bible Mapped.
The first site, Virtual Video Map, overlays YouTube videos on a Google Map, providing interesting geographic context for the videos. This also provides useful information about various locations on the globe.
The second site, Geomentary, is similar to Virtual Video Map, but all the video overlays are of documentary films from around the world. Not only does this provide a fascinating glimpse into various locations in the world, but also gives travel information should one choose to visit these locations.
The final site is perhaps the most intriguing. This site, The Bible Mapped, overlays theological history from the Bible onto a Google Map of the Mediterranean. The tagged locations reveal information about various locations from Scripture. As a believer, the idea of using a Google Map to share information about the faith is powerful.
The Programmable Web site is one of the best sites I have been to in a long time. The websites there are on the cutting edge of internet technology, and I look forward to finding more of them.