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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 Ritter Nate Ritter is a web developer by trade, but a business guy by night. He creates new businesses and community websites, uses the internet to market them and then sometimes sells them.

He blogs at http://blog.perfectspace.com and shares his (and his wife’s) travel adventures around the world at http://travel.perfectspace.com.

Nate currently resides in sunny San Diego, California, USA.

View other projects he’s worked on at NateRitter.com or follow him on twitter.

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). :)