SPOT Users - Check this out

Discussion in 'Vendors' started by Strega, Sep 13, 2011.

  1. Strega

    Strega Black is a color

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    There's always some new project that I'm working on, and this is the latest one...I got tired of trying to figure out SPOT™ links for people cuz the URL looks like this:
    Code:
    http://share.findmespot.com/shared/faces/viewspots.jsp?glId=0eq7Lo7Cj9OntoAqhOfUfFEIgcpTQqrcd
    Who's gonna remember that? Rainman?


    I wanted a better way to remember that link and to help others so they could send a simple link to family and friends that was easy to remember off the top of your head. Well, this is what I came up with...

    WhereAmIRiding.com is now live and will be a work in progress. Looking for some input, maybe adding more info to the registration or edit details page, etc.


    If you have a SPOT™ with tracking and want a simple link, check this out:
    1. Go to the SPOT™ site and copy your SPOT™ URL from the "Share Page Name" cell (https://login.findmespot.com/spot-main-web/share/list.html)
    2. Go to: http://www.WhereAmIRiding.com
    3. Register an account (http://www.whereamiriding.com/register)
    4. Fill out the appropriate information. Keep in mind, your 'Username' will be the link used for your subdomain. Eg: http://strega.whereamiriding.com
    5. That link will forward to your profile with your SPOT™ link, simple and easy.
    6. You can edit your profile at your convenience, change your SPOT™ link, profile image, details, etc.

    If ya have a SPOT™ with tracking and you can help me by registering and setting up your account and giving me feedback, that would be great!

    Thanks :)
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  2. Shibby!

    Shibby! Long timer

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    Currently - Canada
    I'll give it a go. Haven't used my spot for awhile, but I registered and entered my info. Just need to get the link.

    Thanks!
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  3. CCjon

    CCjon HighHorse Rider

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    Location:
    Under the Texas Sun
    I'm in. Planning a trip for this Saturday, will try it out.

    Thanks
    CCjon
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  4. Strega

    Strega Black is a color

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    Any feedback would be great, thanks guys :)
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  5. Pantah

    Pantah PJ Fan from Boston

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    Why bother? The link goes out to our email list when we set up the public site. I've never had to type in the URL.

    :dunno
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  6. Strega

    Strega Black is a color

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    For me, there are a couple reasons why...

    1) You can only setup 7 people on your email list
    2) What if I'm not on a buddy's email list and still want to see if he's ok when he's riding?
    3) Posting the new link on Facebook, Twitter, MySpace, etc, for my friends to see is easy. I don't ever have to remember my long SPOT link. Typing in http://strega.whereamiriding.com is easy for me.

    Maintaining a list of SPOT URL's for my friends is what I do currently in a notepad file on my desktop. This makes that problem go away. Hell, most of the time I don't know my OWN url for my SPOT and have to log in to find it.


    I completely understand this won't be something for everyone and I do appreciate the input :)
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  7. SCExpat

    SCExpat Ex-expat

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    Can also use tinyurl.com. Free and no need to register. Not quite as easy to remember as your site's url will be. I do not want to rain on your parade as I think it is a good idea. But I just hate to "register" to use a web site. I understand it keeps spamers away but by the time I learn of a new site all the good user names are gone. LOL
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  8. Strega

    Strega Black is a color

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    I'll reserve SCExpat for ya :)

    Yeah I agree with ya, getting the right URL is key. That's why I created this site with 'WhereAmIRiding'. I figured it was really easy for people to remember and made sense for riding.

    I agree with you about the 'registering' part, I do hate that. Since I run the site, I can create profiles for people without the need to register, but you'd still need to 'sign in' to edit your profile if you wanted too. The ONLY piece of information I would need is the SPOT url. The only information you're giving up during registration is your email address, and if you're worried about that, I can get around that.
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  9. Strega

    Strega Black is a color

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    Added a new feature today...your page has it's own map (If you have active coords from the last 7 days)

    Example:
    Crawdaddy's Profile

    This map will work until 09/24/2011 when the 7 days are up. Any profile with no active waypoints in the last 7 days will just have text that says, "** No Active Trip Avaiable **"

    I'm pretty proud of this one :)

    (Does not yet work in Internet Explorer, but works fine in FireFox and Google Chrome Browsers - I REALLY REALLY REALLY hate IE. =\)


    One added bonus, you DO NOT need to have the 'Tracking' feature ($49.95/yr) for your coordinates to show up on our map. Each time you hit the "OK" button, we'll see that coordinate and drop it on our map as well.
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  10. Strega

    Strega Black is a color

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    Just remembered another reason why to 'bother' :)

    SPOT™ only shows your data for 7 days.
    SPOT™ only stores your data for 30 days (You can download a KML, csv, etc - when it works...)

    We will store your data indefinitely so you can go back and look at previous trips. Might even make it so there is a way to download your old data in a KML (Google Earth) or .gpx file as well.

    Work in progress!
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  11. Strega

    Strega Black is a color

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    ** merged **
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  12. ThirdBestFriend

    ThirdBestFriend Explorer

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    SF Bay Area
    Cool, registered.
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  13. RevChris

    RevChris Merchant of Chaos

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    I like the idea. I registered, and I'll set it up when I find my spot url.
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  14. tedder

    tedder irregular

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    Portland
    A lot of motorcyclists use Spotwalla from Jason Jonas- it's integrated into several of the multi-day long distance rallies like the Iron Butt Rally and the 1088.
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  15. Strega

    Strega Black is a color

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    Spotwalla is great, but it's a different thing than I'm doing. We actually have a SPOTWalla page for 'WhereAmIRiding' as well, it's HERE

    Jason has done a great job with Spotwall, and my hat is off to him. Spotwalla does a very cool thing and drops a marker for your last position on a map and does for for each person that 'opts in'. My site does basically what the SPOT site does but it makes a simple to remember URL and has some profile features so you can check out other like minded folks. The site has some community features which are kinda neat I think.

    Just think of WhereAmIRiding.com as a simple to remember URL that links to your SPOT account with a couple extra bonus features :)
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  16. 9Dave

    9Dave Bazinga!

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    Merged.

    Please keep all your posts in Vendors.

    Thanks,

    Dave
    ADV Mod
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  17. Strega

    Strega Black is a color

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    Don't ya actually have to sell something or be making money to be a vendor? I do all of this for FREE. Actually it's not free, costs me quite a bit of money every year for hosting, domain names, etc etc..

    I rarely if ever look at the 'Trip Planning' forum, which is why I opted to post in the WEST forum where most of my posts are...

    *sigh*
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  18. s1marks

    s1marks Mercedes

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    Registered. I like where this is going. Please keep it up.

    MUST get the Map working for Internet Explorer though! ;-)

    Cheers S1
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  19. Strega

    Strega Black is a color

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    I hear ya there, it works in IE9, but not any other versions =\ Work in progress for sure.

    IE sucks :(
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  20. rtravelbee

    rtravelbee ilikebikes...

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    Lower Michigan
    Help me out as I'm technologically impaired.... where will I find the spot url?

    Thanks Much
    Randy
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