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MapAList is the brainchild of Brian Sobel. (Switching to first person...) I came up with the idea when some friends of mine asked me to do their wedding website. I begrudgingly agreed, but told them we would have to do some fun stuff with it. About the same time I attended the 2007 Google developer conference and caught a breeze of excitement about the Google data APIs.
I initially wanted to put a Google map on their wedding website that showed a realtime map of RSVP status: who had been invited
, who replied yes
, and who replied no
, and I wanted to feed the data from a Google spreadsheet where they and their folks managed the RSVP list. After I got a prototype working I became quite excited by the idea, and started creating crazy maps off the same spreadsheet: Who was ordering what meals across the world (using different food images as icons:
); Bride-side Attendees vs. Groom-side Attendees; Friends vs. Family, Singles vs. Couples, Attendee Gender, etc.. They eventually decided not to use all those maps on their site, but the seed of excitement had been planted in me.
Following, I began to transition this from a custom job for their site, to a product all could use. I wanted to make this capability available to people without requiring any coding --- alas, development began on 'a codeless wizard for creating these customized maps with data that would be updated realtime' -- now daily. This 'project' has evolved into what is now MapAList. The original website can be seen at
. They now use private MapAList maps to track the status of their thank you notes geographically.
Thanks to all who have provided support to this endeavor via enthusiasm, brainstorming, testing, and other valued ways.
Anyway, I'm Brian, this is MapAList. Hope you are able to find a use for it.
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