Dispatchorama: a distributed approach to covering a distributed news event

  1. The twitter location-based tweets are really all over the place and not helpful. You really have to narrow your source list to known twitter accounts to get anything good, but that kind of defeats the purpose.
  2. I haven’t done a ton of research, yet, but there seems to be a real lack of useful geoRSS feeds out there. What happened? Did the failure of RSS readers kill the geoRSS movement? What a shame. That needs to change.
The app uses the n0tice API, JQuery Mobile, and Google’s location APIs and a few snippets picked off StackOverflow. It’s on GitHub here:
https://github.com/mattmcalister/dispatchorama/ #

One thought on “Dispatchorama: a distributed approach to covering a distributed news event

  1. Patrick McGee

    Great job, but in answer to your second point at the end about geoRSS, in my view there was a shift in attitudes towards developing and developing games seems a far more attractive proposition then developing services reliant on rss feeds, as the developer may think that:

    1. Gaming has a long ‘work’ lifespan.
    2. Creating characters and story-lines may seem to be easier than facts.
    3. Its just seen to be cool

    Damian Radcliffe had a slide produced on #slideshare from his research into ‘hyperlocal’, which shows that the audience are becoming unconcerned of location based services or ‘geo-tools’ than the previous year, around which time (I do believe in my Uk world view, which I do believe is lagging behind the US) Zynga was making head way in shifting focus away from location based services due to a very large price tag ;-)

    The hardest thing in the world is to innovate, and I am sure that you will hit that killer app with n0tice that will make us all stand to attention and say ‘wow’!

    or at least a small ‘oh yeah! now why didn’t I think of that’

    Patrick

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