Archives for the day of: May 3, 2008
EveryBlock has the potential to become one of the greatest information sources of all time. They are taking data that people really want and putting it on a map. They are using reports and statistics that are already gathered and putting them together so you can look at your neighborhood in new ways.

Tara Calishan has written a great article about them at her site and they really do answer their email, if you contact them.

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EveryBlock Gives You The Skinny On Your Neighborhood — At Least in Three Cities

Confessions of a Digital Packrat had a brief note about a new resource launched called EveryBlock. I went and took a look at it, and it IS pretty impressive — though I’m very jealous that it’s currently only available in three areas. EveryBlock ( ) currently only covers New York City, San Francisco, and Chicago.

Basically what EveryBlock does is take public records and other notations of what’s going on in an area and aggregate them. This is brilliant. It’s like information trapping for an address. For example take a look at the New York City version.

You can browse the information types or the various areas of a city, or you can do an address search. I did a search for 55 East 74th Street , because you know the Eleanor Roosevelt Mansion is up for sale, and I might have $20 million in my sofa cushions. Not.

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Search Engines are great for textual data. You can usually find something on your topic, if you describe it the right way. Not so with pictures. A variety of organizations have been working for years on searching pictures. Nothing is quite ready for primetime and you still have to tag the pictures so people can search the tags.

PicAnswers has created a site that allows you to post pictures and get answers to what they are: a human search engine! Perhaps librarians will come back in vogue.

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Post a Picture, Get an Answer

PicAnswers LLC announced yesterday the launch of a picture question and answer site called, appropriately enough, PicAnswers ( ). I thought a site like this would be kind of pedestrian but as always the Internet amazes me with what it’ll ask questions about.

You’ll get the idea from the front page of the site — it’s like an answers site, with images. There are a series of pictures with questions attached to them. The pictures at the moment include what appear to be bones on a beach, what look like anime photoshopped llamas, an old tobacco can, and someone’s broken patio ceiling. The questions range from “Is this valuable?” to “What IS this?” and “How do I fix this?” Most of the questions I looked at had some kind of answer, and most of the time it was a useful answer.

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If you shop online a lot, this site might work well for you. It allows you track all of your shipments in one place.
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Order Online a Lot? Track All Your Shipments in One Place
While I don’t do all my shopping via Amazon, I will say it made my Christmas shopping a HECK of a lot easier. Now in addition to easy shopping, I can get easy tracking with a nifty tool called TrackMyShipments.
You get started by going to the Web site ( ), registering for an account (requires an e-mail address and name only) and confirming your account. Once you’ve done that, you can get started.
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