A few years back when Android was on the horizon, I spent a little time writing a GPS tracking App for the Android OS. I used tdroid.com behind the project and even got around to submitting the app to the Android Developers Challenge. WIthout any prize money I grew weary of rewriting it with each Android platform update and instead grew more interested in other things especially the onslaught of Android devices peering over the horizon. Unlike the IPhone and IPad which limited hardware choices to a few variations of a few models, the number of distinct Android Devices are as numerous as your choice of sneaker at your local Foot Locker.
So I thought “Im done with my android tracking app, what to do with my tdroid domain..”. So this idea begins with the domain which I thought would be interesting to use in an SEO experiment. The idea being to build out a Android device and tablet compendium website, which would reference all the current Android Phones and Tablets. This should drive good traffic given the domain and if quality review content was organized behind thoughtful slug URLs. There is no way I could possible review all of these devices and compare them, there are just too many and life is too short to spend that much time unpacking and un-boxing. These reviews also are already being written. But here is something I could do that would be different. I could compile all of the reviews, linking back to the full review, and then add up the various scores and show which devices were , overall, the top rated etc.
The amount of time I put into this will be directly proportional to the amount of traffic it gets, we will see!
Check out the current Android Phone and Tablet Reviews on TDroid!
If you are not diligent, your application may end up like this
I just finished re-reading this excellent article by Lukas Mathis on how, why, and how to prevent feature creep from appearing over time in applications. All software and web applications are prone to this disease, don’t let it happen to you!
Happy to say that the startup that I’ve been working at for the last year has launched the website and I am proud of the results. Check out this map widget that displays a collection of places on a map. In this case I created the places and then saved them to make this widget. It is ready to share on various social nets, email, etc…
Come on snow!
An example Map widget that allows me to embed a collection of places in a map on this blog. Pretty cool eh?
Streetview Art - Sampsonia Way
What the heck is going on in this streetview image from Pittsburgh’s Northside? Google Streetview Art. Artists Robin Hewlett and Ben Kinsley invited the Google Inc. Street View team and residents of Pittsburgh’s Northside to collaborate on a series of tableaux along Sampsonia Way. Somehow reminds me of the intricate, absurd, and dark humor of Hieronymus Bosch
. Check it out at http://www.streetwithaview.com/
Maybe it would have been a good idea to have an English speaker review this failed translation of the business name.
This reminds me of the time we saw “Fried Children” on a menu in Rājasthān…
Its awesome when your interests syncs perfectly with opportunity. My previous work had moved to a slower more maintenance mode, complete with a fine commercial success. The real challenges, learning, and rewards had past. I was looking for something new without being rushed.
I am a GPS geek and worked up my own Google Android project. That effort and my professional associations lead to meeting with and ultimately taking a new position at a brand new GeoWeb startup that I am absolutely thrilled to join: PublicEarth. I would write more about what we are doing there, but you will just have to wait and see! Last day at Webroot, Friday April 25th. First Day at Public Earth, Monday April 28th.
Follow your passion and see where it leads you.