Archive for May, 2008

Widget Code-Generator

Tuesday, May 13th, 2008

To make it easier for people to place the widget on their websites, we have pushed out a widget code-generator.  Just type in the starting location, map height, map width, and initial zoom level and BOOM!  You now have the code ready to place in your website.  give it a try:

Max Embeds Stickymap

Sunday, May 11th, 2008

HelloBrooklynPage, Brooklyn’s guide for visitors, has put Stickymap on their front page, asking users to post their business on the map. We are happy to have HelloBrooklyn participating in Stickymap. We have already seen our Brooklyn database grow because of this placement, and we hope this will continue in the future. While we’ve had some national sites use Stickymap, this is really the first time a local page has focused all of their users in a single area. The benefits of this are increased interaction between our users, and a much better guide to the Brooklyn area.

As local bloggers in Brooklyn start adopting the widget, New York City’s most populous borough will become a good example of how other local communities can use Stickymap.

[where: Brooklyn, NY]

Brooklyn Blogfest 2008 Details

Saturday, May 10th, 2008

On Thursday I went to the Brooklyn Blogfest in Park Slope, Brooklyn. It was held at the Brooklyn Lyceum, which I have (of course!) linked to Stickymap. The event was a lot larger, and a lot more organized than I thought it would be. Fortunately, they had a “shout-out” section where people can go up and talk to the participants about their project. I was able to give a short talk about Stickymap, and afterwards I met a bunch of neighborhood bloggers. Many of them were open to looking into the Stickymap widget for their blog. Below is a picture of me doing the Shout Out.


It’s obvious that the Brooklyn blogging community is a powerful force. In the past month, I’ve been searching for local blogs in various cities around the country, and it feels that Brooklyn has more leads than anyone else. Thank you to the organizers to this event, which was a huge success. Particularly, Louis Crawford of onlyTheBlogKnowsBrooklyn.


At Stickymap, we’ve spent a lot of time on the site and on the service. As a result, our blog is very basic. It’s amazing to see how much innovation is going on in the blogosphere, particular as it pertains to hyperlocal content. I hope that Stickymap can be a part of this. As sites in Brooklyn start using Stickymap, we will let you know about it here.

I’d also like to thank two people who came along: Dan Fichter has helped us out before on Stickymap, as our quality assurace engineer. On Thursday, he came along and helped spread the word on Stickymap. Also helping out was Lani from Lani found a lot of interest in her blog, which will hopefully pioneer the use of Stickymap in the next few weeks.



[where: Brooklyn, NY]

Brooklyn Blogfest 2008

Friday, May 9th, 2008

I just came back from the Brooklyn Blogfest.  It was a lot of fun.  I’ll post more information about it, with photos, tomorrow.

Widget FAQ Posted

Thursday, May 8th, 2008

I just posted an FAQ for the Stickymap widget.  This will help people embed Stickymap on their website or blog.  It will be available on the sidebar, and it will be updated as necessary.

Stickymap Widget FAQ

Thursday, May 8th, 2008

What is the HTML code I can use to place the Stickymap widget on my website or blog?

<iframe src=”,newyork,ny&z=14” marginwidth=”0″ marginheight=”0″ vspace=”0″ hspace=”0″ frameborder=”0″ height=”420″ width=”500″></iframe>

How do I change the size of the widget?

You’ll have to change the HTML above in 2 places. On the first line where it says w=500&h=400, you’ll change the “500” to the width you want the map, in pixels, and you’ll change the “400” to the height you’ll want the map in pixels. You’ll also have to change the size of the iframe (where it says height=”420″ width=”500″). We recommend that the width matches the map width, and the height is 20 pixels larger.

How do I change the starting location and zoom level of the widget?

Look where it says “loc=eastvillage,newyork,ny&z=14″. Change “eastvillage,newyork,ny” to the name of the neighborhood or town you’d like to start in. Zip codes are also accepted. Where it says z=14, change the “14” to adjust the starting zoom level. The default is 15. The higher the number, the more zoomed in it will be. 17 is the maximum.

Does Stickymap place advertisements on the widget?

No advertisements are placed on the widget.

If someone posts something on, or from another site with the widget, will it appear on my map?

Yes, it will. Stickymap is a shared resource across multiple domains.

How do you protect against vandalism and ill-placed locations?

We do some monitoring of the site usage ourselves. We hope that local blogs and websites will help by keeping a closer watch on their area. In particular, we can usually tell if something is junk, but if a building is marked on the wrong block, only members of the local community would know. Please report problems that you see through the site, or email

I’m having trouble getting the widget up on my page. Would you help me out?

Yes, we will. Email, and we’ll get right back to you.

How much does this cost?

The Stickymap widget is free. Stickymap is an open resource for the public to share its neighborhoods.

Widget Evolution: Multimedia

Sunday, May 4th, 2008

We’ve gone deep into our data model this week, creating a more complex algorithm for choosing which markers display on the widget.  This new algorithm will bias selection to markers with text and multimedia attached to them.  That way, more content will rise to the top.  It also encourages users to add relevant descriptions, photos, and videos to markers that they want noticed.  As always, irrelevant additions will be removed.