Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Make Your Own Entities!!! And FourSquare, YouTube, Weatherbug Media Layers

To add to the holiday cheer, we are launching a number of new features for including:

Entity creation:
This is one of our most requested features. You could previously annotate our database of 16 million businesses and points-of-interest. Now you can also create and annotate your *own* entities (both points and polygons) around the world. Do you want to annotate finch nests in the Galapagos Islands? Or create a virtual world overlay to Manhattan with your own blocks and neighborhoods? Or let students make a collaborative digital map of their campus? All this is now possible.

You can see a demo of this, where you can create your own "Twitter Empire" here.

More Media Layers: You can now query our entities (intersections, neighborhoods, parks, etc.) for:
This complements our previous layers for Twitter and Flickr.

Search: You can now search for entities by name and find the neighborhoods, cities and states that contain them. This simple forward geocoding can help with search or other apps.

Other: We have also made a number of less visible changes that you asked for including:
  • View parameters for MQL queries
  • Faster media layer queries
  • "one off" queries for set indices
  • SSL support
  • Case insensitive searching
You can read about this in our technical documentation.

Get an API key here.

Follow us on Twitter here.


  1. Congrats on your release, and thanks to Othman for the help with my issues!


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