Fun with maps dept.
The small Geo Visitors button in the upper right side of this weblog takes you to a Google map showing the locations (more precisely, the ISP locations) of visitors to Technology360.com in the past 24 hours. My staff has also put this on the Northwest Public Radio web site (scroll all the way down the right side). The HTML code is free and easy to install. It's been instructive to see the spread of visitors worldwide, but particularly elsewhere in the United States and the northwestern U.S. We're more conscious about having a broader audience than our 13 stations and 10 translators reach. But how much?
You'll see below tonight's maps from the previous 24 hours. The first one is of the world (actually, off shore use was slim today; in the past 13 weeks, about 17% of users were non-U.S., but this map looks as though it was less than that). The second one is of the U.S., and the third one is of the Northwest. I've drawn a couple of lines around our transmitter coverage, but there is always substantial web usage outside that, not just from out of state but from elsewhere in the Northwest as well -- Seattle, Tacoma, Olympia, Spokane, Vancouver (both WA and BC), and Portland. I'm not up to counting the Google pushpins, but it looks to me as though web usage outside the coverage area is about 40%.
We've only tracked actual online listening locations once, because you have to manually plug IP addresses into one of the web sources for IP-to-location information, but it looks pretty consistent with this.