March 27, 2011 8:11 PM   Subscribe

An ad-hoc, location-specific messageboard. Grabs your location and creates a messageboard based on messages sent by the people around you; the more messages there are near you, the more geographically-focused your messageboard is. Hopefully useful as a backchannel for conference talks, protest demonstrations and more. Photos, files, OpenID, ActivityStreams and APIs to come.
Role: It's all my own work.
posted by bwerdmuller (5 comments total) 1 user marked this as a favorite

Seems potentially very useful. I'd like to see a more obvious "about" link on the site, with some privacy/use policy.
posted by Mngo at 7:26 AM on March 28, 2011

Two important omissions! I'll add those today. Thanks :)
posted by bwerdmuller at 10:04 AM on March 28, 2011

Any way to log in with an OpenID provider other than Twitter?

Also, it'd be great to get some way to bring up a map (Gmaps?) showing various users. Supercool would be the ability to drag around on a map and use that to change what messages were shown. But I'd settle just for some sort of map view showing messages as dots, perhaps with some sort of coloring to show a time dimension (e.g. "hot" for recent versus "cold" for older messages, so you could tell what areas are trending up versus down).
posted by Kadin2048 at 2:29 PM on March 28, 2011

Other ID providers coming soon. I'm an open web advocate - I definitely don't want to lock people into Twitter!

Maps are a good idea. The site already uses OpenStreetMap in various ways under the hood; it'd be relatively easy to make that visual too.
posted by bwerdmuller at 4:32 PM on March 28, 2011

One other suggestion (which you may also be aware of / working on): it doesn't seem to scale down to mobile resolutions very well. I'm not sure if it's something that could be easily fixed by tweaking the CSS, but when I load it on my phone (Android browser 2.2.1) there's a lot of horizontal scrolling.

However the location-sensing does work fine from my phone, which is impressive as it's hit-or-miss on a lot of other sites.

I can think of a lot of mobile use cases so just thought I'd point that out.
posted by Kadin2048 at 12:07 PM on March 31, 2011

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