geoCHAT: Geo Location Based Chatting

geoCHAT: Chat Room + Geo-location (Try It)

A couple of weeks ago I wrote a post on geo-coding addresses in order to determine map coordinates: it is a useful technique for leveraging the user’s location when building a web or mobile app. I built the following geo location based chat application as a demonstration of what is possible to build. The basic idea behind the application is to allow users to visualize other members on a map in order to provide a more interactive experience.

Screenshot of geoCHAT

The application uses jQuery to abstract Google Maps’ horrendous JavaScript API implementation. AJAX and JSON are used to request new chat messages from the server every second. As a result, the application will display the incoming message on the map whenever a new message is detected.

I had a lot of fun building this, I hope you enjoy.

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