One of the unique challenges I encounter as a nomad who also leads a team is accessibility, both to my team and my coworkers in general. While I can predict when my team will be working based on their locations, they cannot do the same for me.
Following a rather entertaining conversation in which I asked a coworker about the weather where he lives and he couldn’t respond in kind, I created https://whereis.ethitter.com/. Currently it’s just a series of scheduled posts, but I would eventually like to tie it either to TripIt or Foursquare. As it happens, I’m running Beau Leben’s excellent Keyring Social Importers, so I already have data from those services accessible within the multisite installation that runs all of my sites.
Are there other, non-homegrown, solutions to accomplish the same? I’ve found a few, but all try to do too much for my needs. One of these days, I suppose I’ll get around to leveraging the data I already have so I can automate this process.
If you travel frequently, have you encountered the same problem? How did you address it?
4 thoughts on “Tracking A Nomad’s Whereabouts”
Did you ever end up trying this service my friend built? http://wheretheheck.is/
I did, but found it too involved compared to my custom solution. It’s pretty slick though, and if I didn’t use TripIt to manage my plans, I might have more of a use for it. If it imported from TripIt, that’s be convenient too.
Have you looked at the super secret office hours widget? It updates your location based on from where you access the site.
I’ve heard rumor of it, but haven’t used it. Might be useful for my team since I can’t seem to fix the RSS widget to accept my SSL-only RSS feed.
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