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Should you choose to accept it... (Currently for US citizens only)

Sign up for Ning. http://www.ning.com/register.html?currentUrl=http%3a%2f%2fwww.ning.com%2f
Sign into Ning, after confirming your account (via email received)
Go to PeopleFinder. http://peoplefinder.ning.com/
Click Update location.
Type your address in, hit submit, and see if it works.

Some addresses work - 1628 Evergreen St., 60174 - while others that seem like they should, don't - 1628 Evergreen St., St. Charles, IL.

It uses Geocoder.us -- so you can try your address at http://geocoder.us/demo.cgi first.

Once you've done this, it will place a pointer on the map for you and add a link to the bottom: the general idea behind the app is that you can update your location from anywhere you can find an address (rather than requiring a GPS, thanks to Geocoder). I've built in token creation so you can associate even when not using a browser (ie, mobile phone). Half-written client already done for the phone - needs a Ning site update to work though.

Eventual goal: Be able to submit your current location, see others nearby, and get information about them.
Temporary Goal: Get it working, get some data in there to play with. Export the data (http://peoplefinder.ning.com/api.php?data=1) according to the MeNow specification (http://menow.org) to make it a test case for that type of tool that I never really finished.

To keep up with my current posting pattern, I need to post 5 entries today. Should I do it?

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Wow, that makes me paranoid.

Growing up with an uncle who worked for the NSA, CIA, and FBI all at the same time, I'm a little leary of adding to the amount of information readily available on my whereabouts and habits.

Anyone with enough skills to convince the phone company that they need to know where I am can get my location down to a two block radius: The benefits of urban living and leaving my cell phone on all the time.

I like to think that I will find it more useful to have friends and family know where I have been than I will find it frightening to have the information available to others. I wouldn't encourage children to use it, but anyone who feels reasonably safe in wherever they are (which means I wouldn't use it in a bad neighborhood after dark, either) might have an interest in using it.

Also, it's definitely not for everyone. I can never see my parents using it, I can never see most people I know using it -- but there are some people who are utter UpToTheMinute geeks -- and those are the people it's written for.

To keep up with my current posting pattern, I need to post 5 entries today. Should I do it?

Perhaps you should fix it so that it doesn't take any effort at all to do it. Can you do that? ;p

Pah, effort. I could do it easily -- it's out of consideration for my fellow users that I don't. Having me fill 1/4th of the entries on your friends page is just rude.

heh. I thought you meant posting of your location, actually. And I know you're working on that.

Hi. I hope all is well.
I noticed that you helped with the over-ride for the sitemeter counter. I'm having trouble adding my counter to my LJ and was wondering if you could help out. Feel free to leave a comment on IM me at XmadameluluX. Thanks!

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