Saturday, March 04, 2006

American Idol + Google Maps

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= The Idol Tracker

Are you a fan of American Idol? If you are, you might be interested in this Google Map that has been created over on Wayfaring.com called Idol Tracker. Mike Tatum built the Idol Tracker because he wanted to see where "idols" fan bases exist. He writes: "I think common wisdom is that everyone votes locally until the very end. I'm hoping people will track their favorite idols so that I can see where their fans are around
the country."

Here is how it works:
  • Sign up for a free account at Wayfaring.com (Aside from this map, you can also make your own Google Map with this account)
  • Visit the Idol Tracker Map
  • While looking at the Idol Tracker main map, click on your favorite idol number or name in the right side list of waypoints (names).
  • Now check that the map title displays as the "Idol Name" and not "Idol Tracker" to be sure you're in at the right place.
  • Click the "Trackers" tab
  • Click on "Track this map" and you are now tracking your idol (leave a comment as well!)
The result will be a way for viewers of the show to see the popularity of each American Idol and also see where each of the contestants is from! This is a creative way to marry a cool Do-It-Yourself Google Maps tool with an insanely popular tv show!
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