Location Mashups using Facebook, Foursquare and Google Maps

Wendell Santos, April 20th, 2012

Google MapsToday’s roundup of recent mashups looks at those taking advantage of APIs that use location data to power their services. These mashups help users get directions, recommend places to go, provide real-time traffic information and even let users follow places as opposed to following people or topics. These mashups make use of popular APIs such as Google Maps, foursquare, Twitter and Facebook.

fitsquare – fitsquare sends users real-time messages in order to encourage them to check in to healthy venues on foursquare. They can also earn exclusive badges, compete against friends and track progress. Plus it’s completely free to participate. APIs used include: Twitter, foursquare. Learn more at our fitsquare profile.

Mapinterest – Mapinterest links Pinterest, Instagram and YouTube with Facebook Places. You follow people on Twitter, on Facebook you follow your friends, on Pinterest you follow topics and on Mapinterest you follow places. APIs used include: Twitter, Pinterest, GoogleMaps, Facebook. Learn more at our Mapinterest profile.

Distances Calculator – Distances Calculator is a free web based tool that allows users to easily calculate the distance between any two cities in the USA. It shows the driving route on a map together with the estimated driving time and the linear distance in miles. It also displays pictures from Panoramio service for both the origin and destination of your trip, together with weather information for both cities. APIs used include: Panoramio, GoogleMaps, GoogleGeocoding, GoogleDistanceMatrix, GoogleDirections, GeoNames. Learn more at our Distances Calculator profile.

Car Crime + Accident Map – Searchable Google map displaying car and other vehicle crime alongside road traffic accidents for your local area, with all incidents within 1 mile of your search mapped. APIs used include: UKStreetLevelCrime, GoogleMaps, Datagovuk. Learn more at our Car Crime + Accident Map profile.

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