Shareabouts: now more social, less pointy

We reached a nice milestone recently, releasing a big upgrade of Shareabouts, with some exciting new features…

Social media logins
Map users can now use Twitter or Facebook to sign in. Right away, your ticker will feature user avatars, and users don’t need to enter their names over and over.

Logging in to use the Shareabouts client

Longer term, we have some ideas about making maps more social, showing you points from your friends, making it easier to check back in on your submissions, and knowing who is participating in your project.

Beyond point
Maps can now feature more than just points! The Shareabouts API got some serious attention recently, and it now talks full GeoJSON. That means you can put a polygon data layer on your map, to gather comments and feedback on land parcels, parks, zoning districts, and more. If it’s a shape, you can use it in Shareabouts.

(Yep, that’s a selected polygon on the right, ready to receive comments, survey data and clicks of support!)

Right now, polygons are ready-only – you can show polygon data and have people comment and complete surveys on it, but they can’t draw in their own shapes. If someone wants that functionality, we’ll build it. Let us know.

Data-driven styling

Want to highlight the most popular places on your map? Or put a different border on places with comments? Scale dots by the number of votes they’re getting? The styling rules for Shareabouts can now use the data attached to places when drawing them, making it possible to create much more intuitive, informative maps.

Try it out

Polygons, logins and data-driven styling are all on display in this simple demo, showing land use parcels classified as parking.

Commenting on land use data in a Shareabouts map

But wait, there’s more…

CORSing though your veins

If those features aren’t exciting enough, we’re working to make Shareabouts much easier to set up. With support for CORS, Shareabouts sites will be able to do almost everything in browser-side Javascript, making hosting much easier (… look out for a Shareabouts site running on GitHub pages soon).

The technical details are exciting, but the outcome is what matters – we’re doing this to make Shareabouts faster, less complex and cheaper to set up, so you can use it on more projects to gather more input.

Putting these features to work

We’re already building these features into some great maps to support greater public involvement in local decision making. This week, we’re setting up Shareabouts to support community recovery after disasters, participatory budgeting, taxi planning, rural transit, and more.

Contact us if you’d like to get a Shareabouts map for your project.

Want something else?

Check out our list of feature requests, and let us know what features you want to see. And because Shareabouts is open source, you can grab these features right now from Github.