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Catarina Fake’s Findery Launches in Public Beta

findery, emerging social networks

Findery, notes-on-maps application led by Catarina Fake launched its public beta on Friday. Findery allows users to create notes and place them geographically. For instance, one user wrote about an artisan cheesemaker and placed the note atop the spot on the map. Users can share their notes publicly, with their friends, or keep them private. They can also share the notes through Facebook and Twitter.

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Yelp Officially Joins Apple Maps

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Local business review site Yelp has marked a pin in Apple’s answer to Google Maps. Now that Apple’s latest operating system, iOS 6, is ready for download, iPad and iPhone users will be able to check out Yelp reviews on Apple maps in 17 of the countries that use Yelp.

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Google Maps Now Provides Public Transit System Navigation

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Image courtesy of Google

Google has released an update to Maps for Android that includes several new features including transit navigation, updated directions, better search suggestions, and a photo viewer for places pages. Another less publicized addition in this release is the ability to download areas of a map for offline navigation, which I have covered in a separate post.

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How Can We Map Our Social World? Introducing OpenHeatMap.

portrait_new_largePete Warden is the founder of OpenHeatMap and a former Apple software engineer. Pete loves gathering, analyzing and visualizing all the lovely big data sets that are emerging. You can follow him on Twitter or via his blog. Social Times interviewed Pete in June about how he almost got sued by Facebook.

I’m Pete Warden and I’m obsessed with visualizing the world’s relationships. I’ve previously built graphs of Twitter conversation networks and split up the US by Facebook friendships, but it drove me crazy having to build a custom piece of software for every new map. I couldn’t find a tool out there that let me build the visualizations I wanted, so I created OpenHeatMap. It’s an open-source project to allow anyone with a spreadsheet to create an interactive, shareable online map. Read more