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The old "where's everyone from" with a twist.(28 posts)

The old "where's everyone from" with a twist.mk_42
Jul 31, 2001 12:15 PM
So I wanted to do the "where's everyone from" but I'm sure it's been here so I'm trying it with a twist (the twist is shamelessly borrowed from work). The image below plots where the owner of the IP you are using is: hence people on AOL in virginia, microsoft employees in washington, etc. regardless of where they really are. It's right on with small business, schools, and small ISPs. Overall it's about 50% on with 30% being wrong (like AOL) and 20% being not found. But if a few hundred people look we should have a good sample I think.

I like it!RhodyRider
Jul 31, 2001 12:18 PM
Judging by the red dot covering my state (Rhode Island), this is working. Very interesting!
re: The old "where's everyone from" with a twist.Skip
Jul 31, 2001 12:40 PM
Sorry, I don't see Hawaii on your map.
I want my dotmike mcmahon
Jul 31, 2001 1:13 PM
Woo-hoo! I'm the first L.A. response.
So, do you have to reply or just look (nm)?JohnnyA
Jul 31, 2001 1:19 PM
Cool Idea - Chicago Checking InKristin
Jul 31, 2001 1:25 PM
Actually, Arlington Heights, IL
pretty cool(nm)grandemamou
Jul 31, 2001 1:30 PM
re: The old "where's everyone from" with a twist.look271
Jul 31, 2001 1:37 PM
Pretty cool, but I don't see me! :-(
St. Louis (nm)Spoke Wrench
Jul 31, 2001 1:39 PM
no message
re: The old "where's everyone from" with a twist.LC
Jul 31, 2001 1:39 PM
show me some NW mountains!
re: The old "where's everyone from" with a twist.capnjim01
Jul 31, 2001 1:39 PM
how about the people on cable
re: The old "where's everyone from" with a twist.crankspinner
Jul 31, 2001 1:45 PM
Cool! Georgia over here.....
re: The old "where's everyone from" with a twist.yeeha
Jul 31, 2001 2:19 PM
yee ha!
right dot, wrong stateterry b
Jul 31, 2001 2:22 PM
looks to me like it shows the corporate home office and the location of the proxy server but, since that's the Bay Area, it could very well be just about anybody. no dot in New Mexico, so I remain undetected.
Don't see my dot...Elena
Jul 31, 2001 2:39 PM
Count one for Michigan
Don't see my dot...Bosephus
Aug 2, 2001 6:57 AM
Aha ... there you are ... Michigan number two here
To clarify how it works (and explain why you're not there)mk_42
Jul 31, 2001 3:26 PM
Since so many people have been disapointed to find themselves not there I think I'll explain a little about how it works.
First of all you don't have to do anything, the act of seeing the image should put you on it (the image is updated with your location before it's sent to you). But that leaves a lot of people out and here's why:
I'm not on it. I use earthlink. I'm in LA.
The way it works is that the program runs around looking for the owner of the IP (in my case it ultimately finds earthlink). It searches the owner's information for something that could be an address and then tries to plot it.
So it actually DID find me but it thought I was in Atlanta, Georgia which is the headquarters of all things earthlink. If your IP at work comes from a large national company (eg or your IP is from a large nationwide provider (eg your IP will resolve to their corporate address.

Other reasons you aren't plotted include: your IP was not resolvable to a name, it was resolved but no address info could be found, address info was found but didn't match up with our database for plotting, the network timed out so your IP won't be looked up till later or someone has already been resolved to your dot.

Most people have been checking it more then once so it looks underrepresented but if you go to the site and track message 2689 you can see it color coded for multiple hits.

The project is actually meant for "enhancing" emails. You can read about it at the site. Unfortunately this one is less successful then some because there is a large number of duds. If you want you can try sending your own and see if you get better results.

cool, but anyone getting that Big Brother Watching feeling?nmET at home
Jul 31, 2001 3:40 PM
re: The old "where's everyone from" with a twist.cp123
Jul 31, 2001 4:51 PM
Canberra, Capital of Australia. My dot would be off the screen.
Lodi, CA here. (nm)shmoo
Jul 31, 2001 5:12 PM
heeeeeey, this is cool...dustin73
Jul 31, 2001 7:08 PM
i'm from fredericksburg, tx...
Verrrry cool4bykn
Jul 31, 2001 10:48 PM
There I am, smack dab in the middle of Illinois! Normal, IL specifically (sp?).
re: The old "where's everyone from" with a twist.steeveo
Aug 1, 2001 5:55 AM
If there is soooo many people from New Hampshire area then...Mabero
Aug 1, 2001 5:57 AM
Let's get together and ride darn it!
I'm from southern MA, where are you? (nm)Cartman
Aug 1, 2001 9:29 AM
I am from Southern MA, to (nm)PatM
Aug 1, 2001 12:23 PM
Portsmouth, New Hampshire...Mabero
Aug 2, 2001 5:24 AM
One of the SE MI dots hereBosephus
Aug 2, 2001 6:55 AM
Looks like there's two ... hard to tell but I think ther is two on South East Michigan. Well I'm one of them. Wonder who the other is? I wonder if they've passed me or maybe I even passed them?