Fun with location check-ins

I love having everything together on manton.org. Whether it’sΒ blog posts about tech, personal stuff, or photos, I don’t have to think too much about where to put it. If I’m writing on the internet, it goes on my blog.

But I’ve been wanting to experiment with sharing more location information too, and use that to try out location as a built-in Micro.blog feature, so I’ve created a new blog manton.coffee and imported my 2500 check-ins from Foursquare/Swarm representing about 8 years.

To build this, I upgraded Micro.blog to support venue names and location coordinates. We try to be very careful about privacy, and currently the apps do not fill any of this data in, but in the future it could be something people opt-in to for a post. The extra data is available to Hugo templates, which is how I’m including the little maps on the home page.

We’re working on some other features with higher priority than this, so consider this mostly a sneak peek for now. I’ll enable the Foursquare/Swarm import as an official feature after the glitches are worked out. Better integration with OwnYourSwarm should also be on the roadmap.

Manton Reece @manton
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