Mashups revisited

This week we are revisiting mashups, because they keep changing and expanding.

There are thousands of mashups out there. Popular services like Twitter, Flickr, YouTube, and GoogleMaps have thousands of mashups.

Try a search on the name of one those services (or any other service you like) and use the name and mashup and you will have an avalanche of results.

Many Web 2.0 sites like those mentioned above encourage people to develop mashups. They make their Web development tools or APIs (Application Programming Interface) available to outside developers. Here are Flickr's and Twitter's.

Here are some other interesting mashups for you to explore:
Books
bkkeepr is a Twitter mashup that lets you track your reading and bookmark on the go, via the web and SMS.

BookTour makes finding when a favorite author is coming to your town (if you live in the US) as easy as checking the weather. Has features for authors, too.

LibWorm-Mashes up updates from 1400 RSS feeds+ from library sites. The contents of these feeds are then available for searching & search results can be output as an RSS feed that the user can subscribe to in his/her aggregator.

LibWorm is intended to be a search engine, a professional development tool, and a current awareness tool for people who work in libraries or care about libraries.

Photos/Flickr
Visual Headlines is a Flickr mashup that pulls in images that relate directly to current headlines from CNN.

Interestingness provides a daily dose of interesting photographic inspiration from Flickr.

Flickr Memari-Create, customize, and send a memory matching game from your Flickr images.

Google

Let Me Google That for You does what its says. Proably one not to use for library clients, as you are supposed to be helping them.

CrimeReports-A Google Maps mashup that lets you search crime reports by location in near real-time. Note this is US location data

Walkable-Find the "walkability" score of over 2500 neighborhoods. Note this is US location data


Australian mashups
Mashup Australia was a government competition held last year. Have a look at some of the winning mashups here.

1 Explore some of the mashups above and add one or more to your blog--or blog about it.

2. Search the Web and find a few more mashups that look useful.

3. Share what you've found.

4. Make a Mashup-These sites let you find and combine info to make a "custom" mashup. Embed it in your blog.


Ellen and Mylee

3 comments:

Wallerawang Branch Library said...

I love Mashups as there are thousands or more out there! Not having enough knowledge to use APIs,I have been using simple mashups for example

zeemaps

Big Huge Labs

I did try Yahoo Pipes which is a "Back end mashup" tool. It rang successfully but now has an error. Please visit my post on my blog.

Revisiting Mashups


I can see using Zeemaps to show before and after shots of local history images in the Wallerawang region.

Thankyou again Ellen & Mylee & everyone at NSW State Library for an enjoyable course.

bloggersbeware said...

totally enjoyed mashups. some of th Australian entries in the comp were interesting. so many smart people out there.

I also liked the "let me google that for you" app, it was so easy to use and directed me to where I needed to go without the mess of too much info

Wendy said...

With the advent of ipods, iphones and ipads that all now take photos, people probably don't even realise that what they're creating is a mashup.