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Saturday, June 03, 2006

Local Search Integration!

Sometimes you get inspiration and have to drop everything to take advantage of that inspiration. Well when I saw that Google had released an API that allows you to integrate local search into other applications, inspiration struck. Admittedly, integrating local search into CommunityWalk is a pretty obvious idea, but inspirational nonetheless.

So there you have it. Local search integrated into CommunityWalk. Want to add a local coffee shop to your map, just search for the name of it, click on one of the results and presto, your map now has a marker with that location and all of the fields filled in.

I also included a field for searching for cities and towns that will zoom you down to the correct level and you can take it from there.

You can find all of this functionality under the "Build This Map" tab. Just click "Search".

Check out this map of Starbucks locations in San Francisco I whipped in a few minutes. I'm sure I don't have all the Starbucks in the city yet, but I've got quite a few already.

6 Comments:

  • this is nice. shoot me an email and tell me more about how you did this. i'd like to start a page on who is using the api and for what. your site looks like a good candidate.

    -markl (markl@google.com)

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 10:38 AM  

  • There is an API for local search?

    By Blogger AhmedF, at 8:02 AM  

  • Ahmed,

    Yes, there is. You can find it at

    http://code.google.com/apis/ajaxsearch/

    By Anonymous Jared, at 8:14 AM  

  • Oh that - but aren't you basically taking the results 'out' of the API results?

    Not to nitpick, just very intriguing :)

    By Blogger AhmedF, at 9:01 AM  

  • Congrats Jared. You got a nice mention in the New York Post today!

    By Blogger PodcastNYC.net, at 9:00 PM  

  • Yea, someone else mentioned it as well. Apparently CommunityWalk is very easy to use! Good stuff.

    By Anonymous Jared, at 10:29 PM  

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