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User Map of HSpace Users

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Brady Mills
Jan 09, 2010 3:51 PM GMT

Hey All,

Here's a little something I'm toying with: A map of our users. It's not 100% accurate (as Google Maps did not correctly identify a couple of the locations), but it's probably about 99% accurate.

Remember, it is plotting about 1400 users on the map, so bear in mind that it may take a few seconds to load. Hang it there, it's worth it -- I promise.

See the Map Here


Brady Mills
Owner Brady Mills Graphics
and Creator of HarmonicaSpace


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Jan 09, 2010 3:52 PM GMT
Brady Mills Replied:

BTW - if you open it up -- scroll over to London and check out how happening it is there... over 20 harmonica players.


Brady Mills
Owner Brady Mills Graphics
and Creator of HarmonicaSpace


Jan 09, 2010 4:09 PM GMT
OrthodoxBlues Replied:

Brady--

That's very cool. Nice job, and it is great to see the distribution of harmonica playars, especially beyond the US.



Jan 09, 2010 4:19 PM GMT
BlowsMeAwy Greg Replied:

Very cool! Not a lot of harp players in Africa, it would appear.

Was this easy to do? I'd love to do something similar for my customers.

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Jan 09, 2010 4:38 PM GMT
Patrice R Replied:

Hey Brady !

I can see you at your window :) !

Some people gave their area, not their real town but its funny to see the distribution of harmonica players around the world...

There are some in africa but not only at the South...Also the North (Jean Dagba and its Students in Senegal, Mali by the past etc...) , just they are not on harmonicaSpace.

I guess most even majority of the players who registred here are Diatonic and blues players. That may explains why there are so few people from Russia, the east part of Europe, and Asia..

Patrice



Jan 09, 2010 4:52 PM GMT
Brady Mills Replied:

Hey Greg,

It was a pain in the butt! But it might be easier for your customers, since you have legitimate addresses... I think the size of the pull is what made this so hard --- and there are several people who didn't give their city, incorrectly spelled a city or town name, etc.

Basically, you'll have to have a database containing your customers... use google to geocode the locations (get the Latitude and Longitude) and then use the Google Maps API to display the map. You'll have to set your markers up as instructed in the API documentation... and with this map (since I'm only showing to city level -- which you should do too, since you don't want to show a person's specific address to the public) I had to group multiple people in a city or town, because otherwise, the last marker inserted would cover the previous markers.

Here's the link to Google Maps API:http://code.google.com/apis/maps/

So, there was a lot that went into it, but I figured that if I continue to make tweaks, I might end up making it good enough to use in some capacity on the site. Maybe even encouraging local harmonica meet-ups, having users post the location of those meet-ups and then display them with a different marker type (including meet-up time, etc) so, potentially, a user could see what harmonica groups are near them.

B


Brady Mills
Owner Brady Mills Graphics
and Creator of HarmonicaSpace


Jan 09, 2010 6:03 PM GMT
jawbone s Replied:

Cool map - Thanx!!



Jan 09, 2010 8:53 PM GMT
HTrain Replied:

Thanks Brady - that is very cool and interesting. I really like the "click on the balloon" feature that gives the info on who is there.



Jan 10, 2010 11:07 PM GMT
Chris C Replied:

VeryCool programming. Only three in Melbourne Aus! I will have to do some recruiting. There are more than three players in Melbourne I reckon.



Jan 11, 2010 4:51 AM GMT
BlowsMeAwy Greg Replied:

Thanks Brady.

Of course I have my customers in a database, but this is too much work for right now anyway. Oh well.... Thanks for the info.....



Jan 12, 2010 2:16 PM GMT
BluEyes Replied:

this is great I just made some new harp friends in my area ( I hope ).

Its fun knowing were other harp players live, and enjoy their time. Brady you did a fantastic job and im sure you put a lot of time into this project.

and I can see you getting some good thanks for the great job.

abner ( BluEyes, now i know were I live )



Jan 12, 2010 4:38 PM GMT
André D Replied:

Montreal player's do not appear on the map ?



Jan 12, 2010 9:35 PM GMT
Andrew T Replied:

I expected to see more harp players in rural Mississippi and other areas in the south where the instrument (particularly its Folk, Country, and Blues) applications were first popularized. I bet there are a lot more players there but perhaps fewer computer nerds haha (no offense to anyone intended). Anyway; maybe one day this map will be COMPLETELY COVERED in balloons. Cool idea and nicely done, Brady! Thanks :)



Jan 13, 2010 4:12 AM GMT
Brady Mills Replied:

Hi Andre,

For some reason Google placed all you Montrealers in California. So, I moved you back home, to Montreal, Canada. ;-)


Brady Mills
Owner Brady Mills Graphics
and Creator of HarmonicaSpace


Jan 19, 2010 4:50 AM GMT
Andrew T Replied:

It's cool there is such a thriving Harp scene in Canada. I'm sure it would be a real treat to visit Canada and hear some awesome bands and meet other harmonicaplayers and just take in the country. Isn't Sugar Blue from there?



Jan 20, 2010 11:48 PM GMT
BluEyes Replied:

Sugar Blue is from my old neck of the woods, im not sure were he was born. But he grow up not far from me. Im having a running comment that while Sugar Blue was playing in the streets of Manhattan I was walking the streets of Manhattan. We must have bumped into each other and that were my love for the blues came from not to mention the harp.

Brady im still having problems with posting. and I think this map thing was a great idea. I sent out friendship request to guys and gals close to me and even looked up my old waling grounds to see if there was anyone I knew.

abner ( BluEyes, lost and found )



Jan 21, 2010 6:31 AM GMT
Boris Plotnikov Replied:

Thanks Brady! It's cool map, I've found two local friends. I didn't know they are at HS, I was glad to add them. Anyway there is so few harmonica players from Russia. And there is no one of our professional players Mikhail Vladimirov, Alexander Bratetsky, Marat Dakota…




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