Mar 252008
 
Map My Tour: Add Waypoint

Map My Tour: Add Waypoint

On previous bike tours I’ve wanted to keep friends and family informed on my progress by updating a Google Map. It’s an easy thing to do, but updates only happen as often as I have internet access. The silly thing is, my mobile phone has a web browser, but I don’t know of any website for updating a map that is compatible with a mobile phone. That is, until now.

Map My Tour TrackMyTour is the name of a new website that I’ve created. Updating a map is as simple as visiting the add waypoint page with your phone (see picture), copying the coordinates from your GPS, and submitting. The map is immediately updated. Have a look at a sample map from a bike ride last week, and feel free to create an account.

This will be a fun way to keep people updated on the progress of my tours. It now looks certain that I’ll get the extra leave from work so that I can go cycling through France this June. It’s time to start relearning French!

Update 31.03.2010: MapMyTour is now TrackMyTour for iPhone

  2 Responses to “Map My Tour”

  1. Hi Chris

    Cool idea!

    I’ve often thought of a good way to map the progress of a trip with the limited connectivity you typically have on such a trip. A thought I’d had in this regard is to twitter your progress – twitters containing the coordinates delimited in a particular format would be picked up and displayed as progress in the map. wdyt?

    Anton

  2. Hi Anton,

    Thank you! I haven’t used Twitter, so perhaps you can tell me this: Would Twitter be able to group entries together that constitute a tour? I’ve also received feedback that I should make a Facebook application out of this.

 Leave a Reply

To create code blocks or other preformatted text, indent by four spaces:

    This will be displayed in a monospaced font. The first four 
    spaces will be stripped off, but all other whitespace
    will be preserved.
    
    Markdown is turned off in code blocks:
     [This is not a link](http://example.com)

To create not a block, but an inline code span, use backticks:

Here is some inline `code`.

For more help see http://daringfireball.net/projects/markdown/syntax

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <s> <strike> <strong>

(required)

(required)