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What guest maps do you like?

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    The 24fun guestmap
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    The bravenet guestmap
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    I don't like either but I think guest maps are cool
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    Guestmaps are stupid
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    What is a guestmap?

Is It Dumb To Leave Your Mark?

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Post 3+ Months Ago

Hello all!

Recently I've been considering putting a guestmap on my website.
As far as I am aware, there are two companies offering free guestmaps (but with advertisements): 24fun and bravenet.

What do you all think? What is the pros/cons about the various guestmaps? I've been looking for a programming project to do for fun in my free time. Would anyone be interested in a free open-souce guestmap?

I'd appreciate any help you offer.

Thanks!

Tirian
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Guestmaps are pretty cool. I havent seen any others besides Bravenets. I have put my pin on quite a few so there are a lot around. The only reason I wouldn't have one is because of the popup ads. An open source one would be very cool - you would find heaps of people would use it.

I shy away from using any addons on my sites that have popups and advertising (except for one guestbook with bravenet but thats only because i have had it with them for years now :))
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Post 3+ Months Ago

as i voted, what is a guestmap? :oops:
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This is my friend's guestmap with Bravenet:
http://pub36.bravenet.com/guestmap/view ... 3008472248
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Post 3+ Months Ago

UNFLUX wrote:
as i voted, what is a guestmap? :oops:


Basically a guestmap is a play off of a gestbook.

Instead of people putting their personal remarks into a sites guestbook, they can put their mark on a map so that people that visit the site can have a visual reprensation of where the visitors are.

Does that make any sence? .

You can also head over to http://www.24fun.com/gmap/gmaptest.html to see an example of a guestmap.

Thanks for the feedback.

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Post 3+ Months Ago

Ok all,

I've gotten together with another programmer and we've started to program our own little guestmap that will be opensource (with no advertisements!)

version 1.0 is about ready to be released. When it is, I'll put up a link for it.

Also, version 2.0 is on its way. In this version, the zooming will be much improved over Bravenet's and you will have the option to easly import your Bravenet guest map into our new guestmap (so you won't have to start over and you won't have the 100 person cap.

We also plan to make a stand-alone version that can be used as a little diary to track trips and events.

I'd love any comments you have.

Again, the link will be posted as soon as we put the last finising touches on v1.0

~ Tirian
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Post 3+ Months Ago

I'm not a big fan of either, but I do like guest maps a little better.
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Post 3+ Months Ago

I would've had the same answer as Unflux
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as i voted, what is a guestmap?
but thanx for clearing matters up Tirian. Sounds like a good idea, one more way too know stuff about people.
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oh ok. interesting...

Why not just use your web stats to see where they come from?

I guess it's just another way to get people to interact with your site, but
I don't think I would ever use one. Personally, I would rather have
someone type out comments for me to see, and where they come from
to my site, 95% of the time, is irrelevant.

And if you use a good guestbook script, like Bigwebmaster's, you have
the option to include a Country field. Which would of course provide
both pieces of information about the visitor.
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Post 3+ Months Ago

A Guestmap is simply a tool for others to use. If it works for you, than great! If not, then that's fine too.

I'm simply endeavoring to provide a script for those who like guestmaps.

In future releases, however, it won't just be a guestmap. Hopefully we'll have a stand-alone version that you can use for personal uses.

For example: if you take a trip all over Europe, you could load up a map of Europe and mark where you went and have a little writeup about each.

Or if a group was sponsored to go down and do some relief work, they could use it to mark where they went and show the sponsors what they did.

So just take what works for you and leave what doesn't. In addition, with an open source project you could change it into whatever you want!
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Post 3+ Months Ago

I understand -- good stuff :thumbsup:

like most things, it comes down to preference.
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Thanks for your interest.

By the way, that's some website you have! I've always wanted to learn flash (but I've been to cheap to buy the program)

Maybe one of these days....

Also, have you written any tutorials on flash? You really know your stuff!

~Tirian
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thanks for the kind words. :oops:

I've never written any tutorials, but believe me I've followed quite a
few. I really don't know much about flash, I just know how to make it
do what I need. :P

The design is quite old now, and I plan to redesign soon. I hope I can
do better next time.
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Tirian your a legend - cant wait to see what you guys come up with :D
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Thanks so much four all your encouragement.
We're currently redoing our website (it is really sad in its current state) and hope to publicly release v1.0 soon.

There will be two options for users:
1) Download the code
2) Create an account and we will host it ( for those who are not web-savvy)

We're trying to make sure that no one is left out. (Hopefully our bandwidth won't run out....)

By the way, do you know of other places I could spread the word once we get it done. We want people to stop using crippled / expensive software and switch to OPEN-SOURCE!

Thanks again ~Tirian.
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Post 3+ Months Ago

optimize your site to come up first when people search for "guest map"

etc

trading links is always a good idea too!
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Thanks for everyone's feedback!

Just out of curiosity, what special features should the guestmap contain?
Any special requests :?:

I can't promise that the'll make it all in, but we will try our very best.

Thanks!

Tirian
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I definantly think that GuestMaps are a wonderful invention. I wanted to put a GuestMap on my site, but I couldn't find ANYONE who made a decent GuestMap for free with no ads.

I enthusiastically anticipate the release of your GuestMap!
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Post 3+ Months Ago

musik wrote:
optimize your site to come up first when people search for "guest map"

etc


One problem I foresee with this is that not many people search for "GuestMap" I just checked with AltaVista, and 3 searches were conducted on "GuestMap" within the past 30 days.

Maybe you should target another keyword... like GuestBook?
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Thanks everyone for all your support and encouragement.

I am proud to announce that version 1.0 of the guestmap is completed (version 2.0 is actually almost 75% done!)

We are still not done with our website, but we are going to put it up anyways. I really want to get this to you all before Christmas!

By tonight or tomorrow morning I will post the link here to our site. Once our site is up, we hope to release daily builds, experimental builds and then statble releases.

We would like to encourage everyone to download the guestmap and install it on their server to help us save bandwidth. However, we will be offering a free hosted guestmap (until our bandwidth dries up)

We are also moving to a new hosting provider next month that will give us more flexibility and bandwidth.

Merry Christmas!

~Tirian
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Post 3+ Months Ago

Tirian,
I say compliments to you! :D
I'm not a lover of guestmaps but I must say that you have made an optimal job there.

I'm very curios to see your version 2.0 :D
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Post 3+ Months Ago

The Xenolth Globe*Trotter has now be unvailed :D

Please note that is is a BETA of version 1.0. We hope to release the stable version soon. If you find any bugs (there are bound to be a few :roll: ), please either post them here or send me a PM.

Keep in mind we have only been working on this project for two weeks and it is in a very basic state right now. I have posted a roadmap on the site for furture releases.

I would also like to publicly thank Philip, who has been working with me on this project and has been doing the bulk of the coding. 8)

You can view the guestmap at Xenolth's homepage. I was working on the website untill the wee hours of this morning so don't mind the navigation. It doesn't do anything yet. :roll:

We are going to be switching hosting providers soon. Our current one isn't working very well. Because of that, the guestmap might take a while to load :(

Have a Mery Christmas and enjoy Xenolth's gift to all of you!

~Tirian
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Post 3+ Months Ago

WOW! It is been a while since I've updated this post.

.... BUT A LOT HAS HAPPENED!!

  • The website is up (mostly) (with a new hosting provider too!)
  • Globe*Trotter has moved to sourceforge!
  • Globe*Trotter has been rated by nonags.com!
  • RC 1.1 has been released!
  • We now have a hosted solution of Globe*Trotter!
  • We have a forum.


So, if you all don't want to download and install Globe*Trotter yet, head over to globetrotter.sourceforge.net and sign up for your FREE guestmap.
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Post 3+ Months Ago

Guestmaps. Interesting! I would prefer that to a guestbook. Who reads through seventy pages of babble? Feedback is best tracked with another system.
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We hope to integrate a guestbook soon into our guestmap. That way comments can be easily read.

You are correct, though, that a guestmap is not the most practical way of handling feedback. However, it is one of the most fun and it encourages the most feedback of your users.

If you have any suggestions on how to improve the guestmap, I'd love to hear it. I always looking for new ideas.

Have fun.

~Tirian

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