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.
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.
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.
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.
But wait, there’s more…
CORSing though your veins
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.
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