WhereDoYouGo Heatmaps Foursquare Check-ins

December 28, 2010

At the end of the year, it's always fun to look back at the places you've gone and things you've done in the past 12 months, and if you log your comings and goings with apps like Foursquare or Twitter, doing that year in review is even easier. Today I stumbled on Where Do You Go, a Google Maps mashup that generates a heat map of your Foursquare check-ins, and lets you take a snapshot of a city and publish it. Here's my NYC heat map.

To use Where Do You go, you've got to log in with your Google Account and authorize it to index your Foursquare check-ins, which gave me pause, since I keep my Foursquare history private. But, the app doesn't publish check-in details, just your past whereabouts in aggregate. You can delete all your data from the app if you want to just try it and bail. If you keep your account, the map updates with each new check-in, but only displays check-ins which are more than 24 hours old for privacy reasons. It's fun to see what areas of different cities you favor most--apparently I rarely travel above 34th street in Manhattan--and it can give you even more motivation to visit areas you normally don't, even in your home city. Someday I hope to get a similar heatmap view in ThinkUp for posts from Twitter and Facebook, too.

I’m afraid *all* geo-location services give me a cause to pause. It’s probably just me being paranoid about privacy and I’ll have to get over that.

McAfee is predicting geo-location services to be a new major gateway or vector for malicious intrusions and exploits in the coming year. http://tx0.org/19m

I hope you’re having a good holiday season. Happy New Year! Robert.

Robert Bigelow [+48]
Dec 28 10 at 11:53 am

I’m sorry, Gina.. :-o I currently live and work in a post-industrial, petrochemical appalachia were people feigning acceptance and tolerance want to meet with me privately to talk about my “gay lifestyle and agenda.” Uh-huh I have a reason to be *very* private.

When I lived in West Village you could map me to Chelsea, The Cloisters, any number of museums and libraries, a decent bagel shop, Magnolia Bakery around the corner from my tiny warren on W. Bank St. or otherwise helping myself to a serving of Gnocchi or Tortellini.

Happy New Year! :-)

Robert Bigelow [+48]
Dec 31 10 at 2:37 pm

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