Tour map widget: Nov 28, 2007
This page is still being frequently updated to provide early information to our partners and friends. We've gathered info about this release here for your use, but no editing has been done so you dont want to just copy the entire thing verbatim. Ideally you can each pick up on different details.
Band map widget and upcoming-shows bulletin tool, both integrated withband-tracker map. The widget combines a tour map with our tracking function and improves on both.
Just go here to get a band-map widget and type in your favorite band name (or myspace name if needed ).
We've been testing and evolving releases of the widget with the active input of a handful myspace bands over the past few months. The Flash file has been available on our add-band page, but will be moved to its own page. We finished the integration with gigya wildfire yesterday and we're still adding quantcast stats support.
We will be releasing this news to various blogs over the weekend of Oct 27th.
One or two companies are offering band-map widgets, while a band-tracking function is offered by several other companies. We haven't done detailed analysis of these other services so please take these as helpful pointers for your own research.
Advantages over other services:
- No account or login needed
- grüvr offers a map-based GUI vs. text links or form input
- global geocoding: by latitude/longitude instead of US city name or zipcode
- tracks user as well as band locations
Band map widget
- grüvr map is simpler - users can interact with it - other embedded maps seem to offer high-functionality applications pushed into the widget.
- We're a true mashup! Others may require account creation and repeat data entry for shows
- we think our map is a beautiful way to convey key information at a glance!
Neursonic myspace - advanced use of widgets on band pages
Bucky Covington - from American Idol
Flowmotion - widget used on myspace and band website
The New Pornographers - example of standard myspace schedule vs. map
Dubioza Kolektiv - example of European tour map
compare to the map: much easier to tell at a glance if they are playing near you...
Example of how upcoming-shows announcment looks as bulletin in myspace, used by Indorphine . Each date is clickable to bring up an individual concert map.