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More Info on Tiny Geo Coder
Why the service was born
Nate created this crazy simple-to-use service for himself. He wanted a way to get the latitude and longitude of places without having to go through crazy location-based services. Rather than create a library that had to be included in all his web applications, he made this site, which serves up the same thing. Only this time, he just calls a URL. That way it can be used in any website.
What the Tiny GeoCoder does
Tiny GeoCoder exists to make geocoding and reverse-geocoding simple and painless. It does both with a simple call to a URL. What’s returned is either a comma delimited (good for use in Google Maps as-is) latitude/longitude pair. If you’re reverse-geocoding it will take a set of lat/long coordinates and return the closest nameable point (usually an address). That’s it. Pretty simple stuff.
The use statistics of Tiny Geocoder
Within the first 6 months of launching the service to the public (after only using it personally for a few months) we’ve responded to over 13 million requests. To put that into perspective, that’s an average of 3000 queries per hour or 50 per minute. To make this statistic even more astounding, this service sits on a shared host, required 1 person approximately 3 hours to produce the original code, and has seen very little downtime or maintenance and costs approximately $11 per month with it’s current overhead costs. It’s truly an anomaly in the web application space on many levels.
About the creator
Nate currently resides in sunny San Diego, California, USA.
Want to make this thing better?
Good. I’m all for making it better. If you want to help with this project, shoot me an email and the doors will be opened wide.
I also appreciate “Thank you” messages in all kinds of different ways (and amounts). :)