Chris Pendleton notifies that he has added a little non-Virtual Earth map to his blog. What?! A non-VE map, what’s up with that? Well this WorldMap can also display a Virtual Earth map!
“What was most interesting is that as I was discovering this whole WorldMaps/ClustrMaps thing this guy from inside Microsoft was talking about WorldMaps on one of the internal aliases. So, I emailed him and said, “DUDE! You're Microsoft. Why don't you use Virtual Earth maps?!?” Well, that was a good idea so he did it. And, now WorldMaps is available in both his static map and Virtual Earth map views. Money.
That “he” is Brian Hitney, a Microsoft Developer Evangelist out of North Carolina who runs the Structure Too Big site. The service is free to sign up and all you need to do is drop a little map image (some HTML) on your page and his service will track all of the IPs requesting the image and produce a report for you.
Here’re the steps to add one on your blog:
- First off, register for this beta-service to protect access to the data Note: Email addresses are never sold, and used only to notify users of service changes.
- Activate your account from the confirmation email.
- Once done, now navigate to the MyWorldMap Account page, and fill in your website’s url and optional “Longitude and Latitude” of where you are.
- You can choose 3 formats or, if you only want to use it for your private tracking needs, choose to place an invisible “tracking pixel” image.
- Copy the link code to display the map on your page, and now add one of these to your website and you’re done!
You can also link the image to your report page if you wish. Once on the report page you will notice it shows a static map, not a Virtual Earth one. Click on the Virtual Link above the map to switch (in future it will be possible to show the VE one by default).
The blue icon indicates you’re location, and “green, yellow and red” icons depict traffic levels.