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Blog Maps

Categories: Citizen Media

hispano blog map [1]

eGrupos [2], an online social networking site based in Sunnyvale, California has developed El BlogoMapa Hispano [1], 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 [3]. There is also a plugin [4] for Google Earth [5].

This is an exciting addition to other efforts of mapping out bloggers by location. Gustavo Diaz Salazar [6] of Tampico, Tamaulipas, Mexico has made a similar blog map which focuses on Mexico [7]. GeoURL [8] is probably the most well known and largest database of bloggers’ locations and offers RSS feeds of new blogs in specific regions [9]. Mikel Maron, who has created a free Google Maps-alternative for making blog maps [10], developed The World as a Blog [11], which synidacates feeds based on location in real time. Blogwise is also trying to collect geo data to map out bloggers [12] and Chandu Thota [13] is hard at work on feedmap [14], which so far, organizes blogs using tags [15] and offers local blogrolls based on location [16].

These are great visual tools to explore other countries and cultures without ever leaving your laptop.