#geowebchat transcript, 1 April 2014: Map hoaxes and “amazing maps”


@mappingmashups Mar 31, 8:05am Map hoaxes and “amazing maps”! Maps that fool us and make fools of us, on the April Fool’s edition of #geowebchat. Join us 12pm PT, Apr 1.

@mappingmashups Apr 01, 12:00pm Starting now, welcome to our April Fool’s #geowebchat about map hoaxes and other maps that fool us. Tweet with the hashtag to join in!

@mappingmashups Apr 01, 12:01pm This #geowebchat is also about “foolish maps”, however you wish to interpret that. I’m thinking of some of the sillier map memes out there..

@mappingmashups Apr 01, 12:01pm As always, if you want to ignore this #geowebchat, see if your twitter client allows you to mute the hashtag.

@kennethfield Apr 01, 12:03pm Going to throw this 1977 classic & 2014 tribute of Sans Serriffe into the #geowebchat mix right away mapdesign.icaci.org/2014/04/mapcar…

@mappingmashups Apr 01, 12:05pm @kennethfield Oh yes, I forgot about Sans Serriffe. Good one! Makes me wonder if @NullIsland counts? #geowebchat nullisland.com

@mappingmashups Apr 01, 12:08pm What about trap streets and paper towns? Agloe, NY has been in the news as a “paper town” come to life: bigthink.com/strange-maps/6… #geowebchat

@neogeografen Apr 01, 12:12pm What about ” Mountains of Kong” #geowebchat which lived long time on different maps before someone verified NOT en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mountains…

@erictheise Apr 01, 12:13pm seems like we should start with bigthink.com/strange-maps/4… , no? #geowebchat

@mappingmashups Apr 01, 12:15pm Yes, the Mountains of Kong is like our own California-as-an-Island misconception that lasted centuries: mappingthepacificcoast.com/gallery/califo… #geowebchat

@mappingmashups Apr 01, 12:16pm @erictheise I hadn’t thought of the fools’ cap map either, Eric. It’s such a strange one. #geowebchat

@mappingmashups Apr 01, 12:18pm .@googlemaps has had a lot of good April Fool’s pranks, too. This year it’s a Pokemon map theverge.com/2014/3/31/5566… #geowebchat

@mappingmashups Apr 01, 12:21pm Last year @googlemaps had a treasure map, & in 2012 it was an 8-bit Zelda map (though that owed a lot to 8bitcity.com) #geowebchat

@DBOSull Apr 01, 12:22pm #geowebchat reddit.com/r/MapPorn/ is a reliable source of somewhat strange maps, mixed in with interesting ones

@GIS_WebTech Apr 01, 12:23pm One of our favorites: The Fictional Map of the Internet– media2.policymic.com/f527302eee5c7c… #maps #tech #geowebchat

@neogeografen Apr 01, 12:25pm Some one did a “Open What Ever Map” 1. april fool (cant remember which year) openwhatevermap.org #geowebchat

@kennethfield Apr 01, 12:26pm With some exceptions, many of the reddit MapPorn maps & those by other aggregators are vaguelly interesting data mapped poorly #geowebchat

@mappingmashups Apr 01, 12:26pm @GIS_WebTech The fictional map of the internet reminds me of the xkcd map of online communities: xkcd.com/802/ #geowebchat

@DBOSull Apr 01, 12:26pm @GIS_WebTech #geowebchat to which the only sensible response is xkcd.com/802/ and earlier xkcd.com/256/

@mappingmashups Apr 01, 12:28pm @kennethfield The realm of “mapporn” gets at the second part of today’s topic: foolish maps, as parodied by @zOMG_Maps #geowebchat

@mappingmashups Apr 01, 12:30pm The trend of “amazing maps that explain everything” certainly hit a tipping point recently with this: twitter.com/DanAmira/statu… #geowebchat

@mappingmashups Apr 01, 12:31pm Oh, and “The Incredible GDP Map” also provoked a big discussion on twitter: storify.com/visualisingdat… Foolish map, or not? #geowebchat

@mappingmashups Apr 01, 12:34pm So, are there more foolish/ugly/bad maps out there than there used to be? Are there just more maps period? #geowebchat

@mappingmashups Apr 01, 12:36pm And we’ve talked about this on #geowebchat before, but @awoodruff’s “Defense of Bad Maps” makes some good points axismaps.com/blog/2013/11/i…

@mjfoster83 Apr 01, 12:38pm There is alot of map snark with bad maps, most not productive, rather, I think bad maps should be treated as ‘teaching moments’ #geowebchat

@mappingmashups Apr 01, 12:39pm RT @skorasaurus: @mappingmashups A little bit of column a, a little bit of column B. #geowebchat

@DBOSull Apr 01, 12:39pm the google autocomplete map thing is weird is.gd/NEO7hQ #geowebchat

@kennethfield Apr 01, 12:40pm My attempt to explore problem of ‘bad’ maps in latest Carto Jnl editorial cartonerd.blogspot.com/2014/03/a-caco… #geowebchat

@mappingmashups Apr 01, 12:41pm @DBOSull Huh, that one is weird. I haven’t see that one before, but plenty others of that ilk. #geowebchat

@mappingmashups Apr 01, 12:42pm My favorite of the “country X is Y” genre uses twitter for its data: metropho.rs @metrophors #geowebchat

@kennethfield Apr 01, 12:43pm @mjfoster83 agreed but we can have too many teaching moments. snark is typical reaction…particularly from sarcastic Brits :-) #geowebchat

@mappingmashups Apr 01, 12:44pm RT @skorasaurus: like other media, It’s cheaper/easier to make, disseminate maps. So more bad maps in quantity, but now can[...] #geowebchat

@skorasaurus Apr 01, 12:44pm buried treasures that you wouldn’t have opportunity to know about.. as ex- college radio GM, there’s parallels to music #geowebchat

@TalllGuy Apr 01, 12:44pm My intro to GIS teacher always said, “it isn’t a map without a title, legend, north arrow, neatlines, and a scale bar.” #geowebchat

@mjfoster83 Apr 01, 12:45pm @kennethfield also agreed… and I’d be lying if I didn’t impulsively find alot of map snark hilarious #geowebchat

@DBOSull Apr 01, 12:45pm @kennethfield yes… sad with so many teachable moments if no one ever learns… #geowebchat

@KeirClarke Apr 01, 12:46pm @mappingmashups @DBOSull #geowebchat We’ve made a little wizard that lets you create your own Autocomplete Map. googlemapsmania.blogspot.com/2014/03/the-au…

@mappingmashups Apr 01, 12:47pm @kennethfield @mjfoster83 It can be a teachable moment the other way, too. Some viral maps can teach pros a thing or two. #geowebchat

@kennethfield Apr 01, 12:48pm @mappingmashups absolutely! there are exceptions that really do innovate and make us all think differently #geowebchat

@mappingmashups Apr 01, 12:48pm (everybody make sure to include #geowebchat in your tweets so everyone can follow along!)

@mappingmashups Apr 01, 12:50pm RT @TsarSam: @KeirClarke @mappingmashups @DBOSull :P pic.twitter.com/Njmk1VW3ux #geowebchat

@mappingmashups Apr 01, 12:53pm I also really liked @MapHugger’s “How to Design a Viral Map and Still Respect Yourself in the Morning” wired.com/2013/10/viral-… #geowebchat

@mappingmashups Apr 01, 12:58pm (I think we’re all reading your Carto Jnl article, @kennethfield, which is why silence has fallen on #geowebchat)

@kennethfield Apr 01, 1:00pm @mappingmashups oops. sorry! it needs a cup of coffee & a bit of time…tho if everyone disagrees maybe that’ll inform a future #geowebchat

@mappingmashups Apr 01, 1:01pm Thanks everybody for joining today’s April Fool’s #geowebchat. Next chat will on April 15 with a @sotmus (& #AAG2014?) debrief. #geowebchat

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