Manchester, United Kingdom – (The Hosting News) – February 4, 2009 –UK hosting company, 34SP.com customer, Ben Marsh, has developed a new Twitter / Google maps mashup, in response to the unprecedented recent snowfall in the UK area.
The Met Office has issued numerous severe weather warnings related to the snowy conditions and expectations of more snow to come. But if you try to get a satellite image of the snowfall in real time, you can’t. That’s because the cloud cover prevents the satellite from seeing the ground.
Mr. Marsh’s very clever idea was to get the general UK Twitter population to report on the snowfall at their location in the UK. Respondents report their postcode and then select a number from 1-10 to rate the snowfall amount. Ben’s mashup then graphically displays the results using a Google satellite map of the UK. – which provides a real-time graphical map of the snowfall amounts as reported by people who are actually there on the ground.
Mr. Marsh’s snow mashup is viewable here: www.benmarsh.co.uk/snow.
The app was so clever and hugely popular that it has been reported about in various news sites around the world. The authoritative and stalwart website for the BBC linked out to Ben’s creation. You can see the UK TechCrunch coverage here as well.
Despite the massive additional traffic to the site and the bandwidth requirements to keep it live, 34SP.com has stepped up to the challenge. Daniel Foster, founder and Technical Director at 34SP.com explained, ”Our bandwidth is supplied by Level 3, AboveNet, and Cogent. This is a fully BGP routed, multi-homed network. Failure of any two of the three providers won’t affect connectivity. Additionally, the 34SP.com network operates far below total capacity, so any unexpected increases in usage will not cause any network disruptions. This is a key consideration when someone like Ben Marsh gets significant media attention in a short period.”
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