Geotagging WordPress.com Posts

We don’t normally¬† do much with WordPress.com accounts, but there are some classes out there where students are using the service for our classes. I didn’t know, until today, that it was possible to geolocate posts from WordPress.com. I came across this little gem of insight as I was culling hyparlocal.talkaboutlocal.org.uk. There are a few steps required to turn the service on, but they aren’t difficult at all.

  1. First, you want to be logged into the wordpress.com dashboard.
  2. From the Dashboard, visit the Users -> Personal Settings link in the left sidebar.
  3. On the Personal Settings screen you will see a little checkbox in the upper right corner that says, Enable geotagging. When checked, you can add your location in your user settings (don’t forget to save your changes).
  4. Once you have configured this, you will have the option to geotag each new post you make on your blog. Voila!

For an even more amazing trick, the talkaboutlogical web site goes on to explain how to generate a KML file from a Google Map using the RSS feed from your geolocated posts on WordPress.com. Whoa!

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