I like messing around with software, trying new ideas and pushing it a bit beyond the limits.
I saw an interesting idea the other day for people who have Woopra Analytics in their sites, and Google Earth installed. It’s a very neat integration of the two.
Essentially, all you have to do is add a Network Link to Google earth in the format http://localhost:9565/yoursite.com, obviously entering the appropriate site name. Give it a low refresh rate (five to ten seconds) and sit back.
The effect is quite mesmerising.
As visitors arrive on your site, so little pegs appear on Google Earth, giving the visitor’s identity and their location.
The above snapshot shows three simultaneous visitors, where two are overlapping.
Needless to say, the location is actually the location of the ISP, so for example Grandad appears as a Dublin location, which is incorrect, but is near enough on a world scale.
As an application, it is not really of much value.
But it’s a lot of fun to watch in a busy period!