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GeoURL Service

November 16, 2009


I found that Geotagging my WordPress blog posts has some utility even before WordPress release features that use the information.

GeoURL has a directory of goecoded web sites (pages?). GeoURL describes itself as

… a location-to-URL reverse directory. This will allow you to find URLs by their proximity to a given location. Find your neighbor’s blog, perhaps, or the web page of the restaurants near you. GeoURL is listing 4,896,702 sites.

It has a tool to add a geotagged web page to their directory and then list web sites that are located nearby. I think the reasoning is a bit weak: there are better ways of locating restaurants aren’t there? It seems like a solution running around seeking a problem to solve. But that’s okay – many things started out like that.

So I tried introducing my first geotagged WordPress post to the service to see what it would find.

You can click on any of the thumbnails above to see a full-sized picture.

  1. The “ping form” for GeoURL is at You only need to add the URL of the web page that has been geotagged.
  2. Press “Submit” and wait.
  3. If everything goes fine you’ll see this. You can click on “see your neighbors” and see:
  4. This list of sites that GeoURL thinks are close to me. The way they state Bangkok addresses is strange. That’s probably for the same reasons that Jeff Friedl’s Reverse Geocoding for pictures in Lightroom is so problematic – inconsistent address formats around the world.

You can check the results by clicking

That was a good exercise but it is of limited use. I will be interested to try the tools that WordPress introduces to support geotagged web pages.