eGrupos, an online social networking site based in Sunnyvale, California has developed El BlogoMapa Hispano, an online directory of weblogs in Spanish, which shows the bloggers’ locations using the Google Maps API. If you have a weblog written in Spanish and it is not included on the map, you may submit it. There is also a plugin for Google Earth.
This is an exciting addition to other efforts of mapping out bloggers by location. Gustavo Diaz Salazar of Tampico, Tamaulipas, Mexico has made a similar blog map which focuses on Mexico. GeoURL is probably the most well known and largest database of bloggers’ locations and offers RSS feeds of new blogs in specific regions. Mikel Maron, who has created a free Google Maps-alternative for making blog maps, developed The World as a Blog, which synidacates feeds based on location in real time. Blogwise is also trying to collect geo data to map out bloggers and Chandu Thota is hard at work on feedmap, which so far, organizes blogs using tags and offers local blogrolls based on location.
These are great visual tools to explore other countries and cultures without ever leaving your laptop.