August 19, 2005 7:00 AM PDT

Google Maps heats up dating game

Looking for love in all the wrong places? A new application powered by Google Maps and a personals Web site just might offer a satisfying alternative.

Dubbed "HotMaps," it allows users to roughly pinpoint where a subscriber of American dating site HotOrNot lives.

Once a specific location on the HotMaps Web site is selected, a list of markers will appear. These signposts will then denote where subscribers to the dating site live.

When a user clicks on one of the markers, the service fetches profiles, including pictures, from HotOrNot's database.

Created by programmers Jeff Marshall and Greg Lin of Frozenbear in the United States, the new application is one of many "mash-ups" that allow developers to create and map data using application program interfaces (APIs) that are publicly available from Google.

Mash-ups like these are emerging because a growing number of Web properties are releasing instructions, or APIs, on how to access their data. With these publicly available APIs--often published in standardized XML protocols--programmers get the documentation and tools needed to pull data from Web sites and to combine it with another information source to create something new.

In an e-mail interview, Marshall said he wasn't concerned with privacy issues or the application being abused by stalkers, as it maps only to postal codes and not actual addresses.

"I wouldn't want to pinpoint people by their exact address even if I could. I've read a few comments online about how this is the ultimate stalker tool. I think those comments are partly tongue-in-cheek, but even so it isn't really a very good stalker tool since it only groups people by ZIP code," Marshall told ZDNet Australia.

''I'm only showing people from HotOrNot that are in the 'MeetMe' section of the Web site--these are people that would like to meet people. So it actually helps since other people can find them by locale," he added.

Google Maps is currently unavailable in Australia. When asked if the company had any objections to the way its APIs were used by Frozenbear, a Google spokesperson declined to comment.

Brendan Chase of Builder AU reported from Sydney.

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A safer way to do online dating
I have been an online dater for a few years, and I think it is a good way to meet people. But, there are several concerns that I think we all share:

1. Safety
2. False Profiles
3. Time consumption (man it takes a lot of time)
4. Cost
5. It's just not natural

Well, I just found a site called www.teamdating.com, that allowed me to sign up with my friend, and do online dating together. This is great, now, I can meet people online just how I meet them at the bars, with my friend!
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A safer way to do online dating
I have been an online dater for a few years, and I think it is a good way to meet people. But, there are several concerns that I think we all share:

1. Safety
2. False Profiles
3. Time consumption (man it takes a lot of time)
4. Cost
5. It's just not natural

Well, I just found a site called www.teamdating.com, that allowed me to sign up with my friend, and do online dating together. This is great, now, I can meet people online just how I meet them at the bars, with my friend!
Posted by Ray Doustdar (10 comments )
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Yay!!
Just team that up with an IP-tracer to get those pesky ladies who aren't obliging enough to (willingly) give their address, and a $79.95 Internet "I pwn j00r data" service and I can stalk stalk stalk till the cows come home!!

Wheeeeeeeeee!!

:/
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Yay!!
Just team that up with an IP-tracer to get those pesky ladies who aren't obliging enough to (willingly) give their address, and a $79.95 Internet "I pwn j00r data" service and I can stalk stalk stalk till the cows come home!!

Wheeeeeeeeee!!

:/
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I like TeamDating.com!
I just checked out this TeamDating.com, and it seems great! My 2 girlfriends and I just signed up, because we are all sick of all the stress of online dating. Plus, most guys lie anyway, and I have been stuck on dates that go nowhere to many times. At least this way, if the meeting is not great, I am out with my friends still!

Choi,
Audrey
Posted by Ray Doustdar (10 comments )
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Teamdating.com Busted!
Is Ray Dousdtar AudreyChoi?

Ray is the same person who keeps sending me spam from
teamdating.com. Look he posted this message pretending to be a
female user of teamdating.com.
Posted by dbraum (5 comments )
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I like TeamDating.com!
I just checked out this TeamDating.com, and it seems great! My 2 girlfriends and I just signed up, because we are all sick of all the stress of online dating. Plus, most guys lie anyway, and I have been stuck on dates that go nowhere to many times. At least this way, if the meeting is not great, I am out with my friends still!

Choi,
Audrey
Posted by Ray Doustdar (10 comments )
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Teamdating.com Busted!
Is Ray Dousdtar AudreyChoi?

Ray is the same person who keeps sending me spam from
teamdating.com. Look he posted this message pretending to be a
female user of teamdating.com.
Posted by dbraum (5 comments )
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I think this is a much safer idea
The concept of doing online datinf as a Team is great! I do everything else with my friend, why not this. I feel a lot safer meetings strangers when I have my own friends with me.

Thanks TeamDating.com

Nazli Arefkia
Posted by Ray Doustdar (10 comments )
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I think this is a much safer idea
The concept of doing online datinf as a Team is great! I do everything else with my friend, why not this. I feel a lot safer meetings strangers when I have my own friends with me.

Thanks TeamDating.com

Nazli Arefkia
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You can see this in actionat collaboradare.com
You can take a look at "Date Mapping" first hand at <a class="jive-link-external" href="http://www.collaboradate.com" target="_newWindow">http://www.collaboradate.com</a> or <a class="jive-link-external" href="http://www.datemapping.com" target="_newWindow">http://www.datemapping.com</a>
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You can see this in actionat collaboradare.com
You can take a look at "Date Mapping" first hand at <a class="jive-link-external" href="http://www.collaboradate.com" target="_newWindow">http://www.collaboradate.com</a> or <a class="jive-link-external" href="http://www.datemapping.com" target="_newWindow">http://www.datemapping.com</a>
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Check out datemapping.com
You can take a look at "Date Mapping" first hand at <a class="jive-link-external" href="http://www.collaboradate.com" target="_newWindow">http://www.collaboradate.com</a> or <a class="jive-link-external" href="http://www.datemapping.com" target="_newWindow">http://www.datemapping.com</a>
Posted by andya (10 comments )
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Check out datemapping.com
You can take a look at "Date Mapping" first hand at <a class="jive-link-external" href="http://www.collaboradate.com" target="_newWindow">http://www.collaboradate.com</a> or <a class="jive-link-external" href="http://www.datemapping.com" target="_newWindow">http://www.datemapping.com</a>
Posted by andya (10 comments )
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www.mapluv.com : another hot-or-not Google map
We created a better version of the Hot-Or-Not + Google Map combo. It is a lot more usable. Check it out at: <a class="jive-link-external" href="http://www.mapluv.com" target="_newWindow">http://www.mapluv.com</a>

-Steve
Posted by mapluv (10 comments )
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www.mapluv.com : another hot-or-not Google map
We created a better version of the Hot-Or-Not + Google Map combo. It is a lot more usable. Check it out at: <a class="jive-link-external" href="http://www.mapluv.com" target="_newWindow">http://www.mapluv.com</a>

-Steve
Posted by mapluv (10 comments )
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www.mapluv.com : another hot-or-not Google map
We created a better version of the Hot-Or-Not + Google Map combo. It is a lot more usable. Check it out at: <a class="jive-link-external" href="http://www.mapluv.com" target="_newWindow">http://www.mapluv.com</a>

-Steve
Posted by mapluv (10 comments )
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www.mapluv.com : another hot-or-not Google map
We created a better version of the Hot-Or-Not + Google Map combo. It is a lot more usable. Check it out at: <a class="jive-link-external" href="http://www.mapluv.com" target="_newWindow">http://www.mapluv.com</a>

-Steve
Posted by mapluv (10 comments )
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Check out a better map dating site: www.mapluv.com
We created a better version of the Hot-Or-Not + Google Map combo. It is a lot more usable. Check it out at: <a class="jive-link-external" href="http://www.mapluv.com" target="_newWindow">http://www.mapluv.com</a>

-Steve
Posted by mapluv (10 comments )
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Check out a better map dating site: www.mapluv.com
We created a better version of the Hot-Or-Not + Google Map combo. It is a lot more usable. Check it out at: <a class="jive-link-external" href="http://www.mapluv.com" target="_newWindow">http://www.mapluv.com</a>

-Steve
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Lier Lier! Teamdating Lies!
I signed up at teamdating and they had 0 people in my area and
now I'm getting spam non stop from them.

I'm also getting spam from people on their site even after I
canceled my membership.
Posted by dbraum (5 comments )
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Lier Lier! Teamdating Lies!
I signed up at teamdating and they had 0 people in my area and
now I'm getting spam non stop from them.

I'm also getting spam from people on their site even after I
canceled my membership.
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