Epistemographer has a Where’s Josh? page that displays a map of his recent travels. It uses something called the IndyJunior Flash Mapping Module, which is “a fully customizable map which you can use to easily display your geographic location.” You put your travels into an XML file (location name, lat/long, and date you were there), and it creates an Indiana Jones flying-to-Egypt-like map of your travels. The map is in Flash.
I like the notion of adding geographical data to blogs, and the map is pretty. But the fact that you have to manually update the XML file makes it a bit of a pain. And of course, you have to know your coordinates. (I’m starting to wonder what the smallest GPS reader is. Is there a jewelry-sized one that you can pin on your jacket?) Plus, I don’t quite travel enough to make it worth my while. Yet.
The fact that there are all these different experiments in combining Web pages and geocoded information makes me think that this is going to be a big thing in the future.
Isn’t it interesting that in an age in which we’re increasingly worried about privacy and surveillance, we also like things like these maps, Webcams, and Kung Tunes (which lists the songs you’ve recently listened to on iTunes on your blog)?