One of the coolest things I've seen recently came out of a small group of hackers in the Search group at Yahoo. During the development of the new version of Yahoo! Maps (launched tonight with multi-point routing and other goodies), someone wondered what we could do to show off the new Maps and APIs.

Given that mashups are all the rage, it seemed like the natural way to go. From there, this small group began to hack on some ideas and ultimately developed the Local Events Browser as a demonstration of what can be done with the new Maps AJAX API, Image Search API, Term Extraction API, Local Search API, and Geocoding API. (It's a demo app--no docs and fancy stuff.)

Simply put, it's a highly interactive map based browser for local events. I could spend a lot more time trying to describe what it does, but go play with it and see.

If you've been wondering what Chad has been doing since he joined Yahoo, now you know. :-)

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Posted by jzawodn at November 02, 2005 09:00 PM

Reader Comments
# Bradley Twohig said:

Hey Jeremy,

Nice mashup for Local, cool stuff. On a seperate note, how much of your Ad rev. comes from Seems to be a major advantage for Google in reaching your blog.


on November 2, 2005 09:40 PM
# Jeremy Zawodny said: appears to have a very, very small audience.

on November 2, 2005 09:52 PM
# js said:

Is that geocoding api public?

If so, that's cooooooool. That would be THE killer api from yahoo. So far, yahoo maps and google local have been hiding that info from users.


on November 2, 2005 09:57 PM
# Jeremy Zawodny said:

Did you not try the link?

Of course it's a public API! :-)

on November 2, 2005 10:07 PM
# alan taylor said:

This is really impressive stuff here. Wow.

BTW, one of your links above - to the "Maps AJAX API" doesn't work, sends me to a forbidden page.

on November 2, 2005 10:23 PM
# said:

Ahh, link works now... it was 403 forbidden the first few times I clicked it!

Oh, hrmm, it was going to before.... weird.

That is AWESOME... very cool... yahoo is opening up WAY more of the local search stuff than google. Very impressive.

on November 2, 2005 10:28 PM
# Jeremy Zawodny said:

Link fixed. I managed to cut-n-paste the staging URL rather than the public ones. Whoops.

on November 2, 2005 10:34 PM
# Mike said:

I got this clicking on some events (probably supposed to be the date and time):

undefined, undefined NaN at NaN:NaN

I also didn't see DNA lounge :P

on November 2, 2005 10:50 PM
# Stephan Segraves said:

I am really digging the Geocoding API! Since the only other free option out there is this is a welcome relief.

on November 3, 2005 06:50 AM
# Andrew Bidochko said:

I did not check Yahoo! Geocoding API yet but looks like it will surely beat all existing Geocoders.*. It will great to use one good API which will work for number of countries instead of aggregating number of different APIs with different interfaces.

on November 3, 2005 06:51 AM
# Jim Reverend said:

"With Jeremy Zawodny’s mention that Yahoo!’s new AJAXeriffic Maps Interface is in beta, I decided to give it a try. It’s quite nice and shows a lot of improvement over Google’s Maps with only a few places where Google clearly wins."


on November 3, 2005 07:40 AM
# John K said:

Wow. You guys are really rolling. There are some other free geocoders out there - is one.

BTW, Dave Winer has a post on how Yahoo should clone Google's search API. I heartily disagree here:

on November 3, 2005 09:00 AM
# Jeremy Zawodny said:

You're right. Dave is on crack.

Glad you like the new Maps stuff. :-)

on November 3, 2005 09:05 AM
# Whoops said:

the events demo is a neat toy, but do you really browse events by geographical proximity? i would like to attend events i am *interested* in, not just the nearest one. so i would say throw the mindshare into better categorization of events by topic matter.

the mashups are getting stale, and so far appear to have zero impact on the mass market or the bottom line. seems to be the web2 crowd chasing their own tails and believing their own bs.

on November 3, 2005 12:01 PM
# Jeremy Zawodny said:

Well, it *IS* a demo. It's not a pointless startup looking for funding. :-)

But, yeah, knowing what you're interested in would help a lot. Are you willing to tell us so we can recommend events nearby?

on November 3, 2005 12:07 PM
# Jack said:

Stunning stuff. Incredibly frustrating though - any word on when those of us in the other 192 countries on earth will get Yahoo! Maps?

on November 3, 2005 12:09 PM
# Whoops said:

>> But, yeah, knowing what you're interested in would help a lot. Are you willing to tell us so we can recommend events nearby?

jeremy, from my yahoo profile, yahoo already knows i am male, in zip code 94089, aged 35. repeat: YOU ALREADY KNOW THIS. from JUST THAT you can at least begin to narrow down my events, totally separate from my search history, other yahoo profile info, purchases in yahoo shopping etc etc etc

so you know that i have ski reports in so you can make ski clinics (if any are being offered) prominent. if i played yahoo chess, you can make local chess club meetings prominent. once again, yahoo ALREADY knows this, so stop asking me to make your job easier by explicitly filling out a form where yahoo should be mining data i have already given you permission to use.

on November 3, 2005 01:32 PM
# Jeremy Zawodny said:

Would you be that open to it if you didn't work at Yahoo all day?

on November 3, 2005 01:55 PM
# James Day said:

Dave is right in part: a standard base search API would be a good thing. Value add, like vendor-specific SQL extensions in a database, is also of value, of course... :)

Wikipedia did search via URL links to both Google and Yahoo but it would have been far neater if it had been integrated and that would have been far easier if there was a uniform, if basic, interface to use for both. Wikipedia search today sucks, IMO, and is going to until someone does some serious work on it. For market neutrality reasons (so Wikipedia is not a pawn or tool in market power competition), that would have to work with BOTH Yahoo and Google, at a minimum, ideally based on user preference.

on November 3, 2005 02:20 PM
# Robert Oschler said:

As a developer of one of the mashups on the application page, Events:

I'd like to make a few comments:

1) The new Yahoo! Maps API is an absolute treasure. I've used Web service API's from a ton of different companies and the new Yahoo! Maps is my favorite. It's the first API I've seen where they didn't force me as a developer to wrap my application around there API. Instead, it slips seamlessly into the areas of my application that I want map functionality and stays out of the way where I don't.

In addition, they didn't skimp anywhere in a belated attempt to maintain ultimate creative control over my application. They literally dropped the keys off to the ferrari and said "hey, go have fun"!.

Tech stuff: the API uses a well-crafted Javascript class structure with event stubs (closures) in all the important places, so you can react to map events in a dynamic and truly integrated manner. I used the Flash/JS API and Flash developers should be sending thank you cards by the bushel to Yahoo!, due to the open flexibility of the new API's architecture and the ability to integrate SWF files in every critical location.

2) When you have a technical problem, Yahoo! staff answers the questions themselves instead of running away or going MIA while hoping some other helpful member of the developer community picks up the question.

3) Regarding the comment about Yahoo! not taking the Local Events Browser further into the area of advanced user customization and the like.

I can't speak for the rest of the API developer community but I feel that's our job. If the events mashup I created seems to be a tired repeat of other applications out there, it's not Yahoo!'s fault. They delivered on their end to create a superb and robust API suite, it's up to me and my fellow developers to make interesting and fresh apps for it.

A big "Thank You" to Yahoo! for this clear cut gift to the developer community.


P.S. - I am not affiliated with Yahoo! in any way nor am I married or related to any of their employees.

on November 3, 2005 07:14 PM
# Whoopsee said:

>> 3) Regarding the comment about Yahoo! not taking the Local
>> Events Browser further into the area of advanced user
>> customization and the like.
>> I can't speak for the rest of the API developer community
>> but I feel that's our job.

how do you intend to mine data that is locked up in yahoo's user database? the whole point of creating this profile at yahoo is so i wouldn't have to create it in twenty different places on the web.

on November 3, 2005 08:02 PM
# thelaggard said:
on November 3, 2005 08:29 PM
# Andrew Bidochko said:

From developers point of view I like Yahoo Geocoding Service but have some concerns regards Yahoo!Maps.
Yahoo world is limited to North America only :( I know this is temporary issue.
But here's the deal. though about a feature for my users to be able to chose Map provider for rendering their's maps - Yahoo or Google. But right now I have doubts about that feature because a lot of MapBuilder's users have locations mapped for Japan, Australia, Great Britain and EU.

on November 4, 2005 08:11 AM
# SV Sleuth said:

Hi Jeremey,

Any explaination for the listing of "the dude's fish store" on the address of Google? Who is the guy on the (Google) phone number 650-6235633 and what does Yahoo have against him?

on November 4, 2005 11:24 AM
# The Lonewacko Blog said:

At the bottom of one of the pages it says this is only for non-commercial use. Is there an explanation of exactly what that means? Are there fixed prices for commercial use, or how is that determined?

on November 10, 2005 01:28 AM
# Looking for map developers' sites said:

We are looking for developers and I am looking for sites where we can post the details of our need for developers experienced w/ various map APIs and am not having a lot of luck.

Any recommendations?

on April 24, 2007 01:26 PM
# freegeocoders said:

This is one of the blogs for geocoding, you can get the latitide and longitude values for free.

Free geocoders

on March 20, 2010 10:19 AM
# emanuel younanzadeh said:

Hi Jeremy, Can you please contact me off of this forum? I'd like to talk to you about a couple of things I'm working on.


on June 14, 2010 10:42 PM
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