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Flinging Flickrs, Hindu Temples, And Spam Maps

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It’s Mashup Friday again at WebProNews, where we take a quick look at what’s making the rounds of the mashup world.

The always entertaining world of mashups as delivered by Programmable Web shows just how much creativity exists online. Enabling that creative streak to take hold online has been the APIs released for use by search companies like Google and Yahoo.

Developers mix applications with APIs for other applications like mapping, and what you end up with is a mashup. And since the only item of interest right now in the world of search is the “who dated who” debut of Valleywag (which earned itself some pointed comments from search expert Danny Sullivan), we thought a little mashup excitement would brighten the emptiness of the news day.

FlickrFling is an unusual application. It lets users either select from a drop-down list of feeds to sites like CNN or Wired, or enter a feed address of their choice into a form. FlickrFling then tries to match tagged photos with words it finds in those feeds, making it a way to display the news in pictures.

Stuladarshanam means bird’s eye view in Sanskrit, according to the HinduWorld Maps website. Its mashup lets worshippers find Hindu temples and centers of worship throughout the US. The mashup includes addresses and phone numbers, and live weather data for the locations.

When I first saw the entry for the Spam Map, I hoped it would be a mashup of locations for a traveling version of the Broadway show Spamalot. Alas, it’s a mashup of sites around the world that are sending spam messages, as recorded by the Mailinator. They note the mashup runs in “semi-realtime.”

Clicking on a “pushpin” on the map of the world shows the IP address and subject of the spam being sent. Mailinator provides a cautionary message about the mashup: “Some subjects might have pottywords in them! Click the map at your own risk!”

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David Utter is a staff writer for WebProNews covering technology and business.

Flinging Flickrs, Hindu Temples, And Spam Maps
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