Chris Schmidt (crschmidt) wrote in lj_nifty,
Chris Schmidt

Geo URL and LiveJournal

GeoURL is a website which maps out users in physical location. It allows you to list yourself, as well as find other people who list their physical location as being near you. The website allows you to view other people near you who write journals or webpages. For example, near me, the following webpages are listed: . Additionally, you can view the webpages listed based on location and displayed geographically instead. The geographical view displays the webpages around my home location based on their listed location.

If you're in the United States, you can simply fill out these two boxes, and it will automatically generate tags that you can add to your journal following the directions below:

Example: 1005 W. Gregory Dr., Urbana, IL, 61801
Example: Christopher Schmidt's LiveJournal

Outside of the US

If you live outside the United States, you can obtain the information on what Latitude and Longitude you live at by going to the following site:

There, in the "Maps" section, under "Address", fill out your address. Once you have done so, a map will be generated. At the bottom, there is a listing of your Latitude and Longitude. In the above example, the output is:

Lat-Long: 40° 6' 14" , -88° 13' 15" || 40.1041 , -88.2209

Copy paste the information after the ||, and create a description for yourself. This description is displayed on the GeoURL page along with a link to your journal:

40.1041 , -88.2209
Example: Christopher Schmidt's LiveJournal

Once you have done this, you will get a small snippet of HTML code that looks similar to:

<meta name="ICBM" content="40.1041 , -88.2209">
<meta name="DC.title" content="Description">

Once you have done this, there are two sets of instructions you need to follow. The first set is for S1, the second set is for S2.

Visit .
Scroll to the bottom of the page, into the section labelled "Style Overrides". Once there, copy paste the text you recieved into the box:

Output from form above

If you have existing global head overrides, there is a tutorial on how to merge the two sets of overrides. You can not have two sets of GLOBAL_HEAD overrides.

S2 customization of this level is only available to paid users.


Scroll to the bottom of the page, and under "Create Layout Specific Layer", choose "Theme" and select your current Layout from the second box. (You can see your current S2 layout by visiting

Once you've done this, scroll back up the page and click the "edit" button next to the new "theme" layer under your current layer, and click the "Edit" button. Add the following text to the file, and click the "compile" button.

function Page::print_custom_head() {
Output from form above

Once you have done this, visit, scroll down to the bottom of the page under "Themes", and select the theme you just created.

Once you have done this, you will need to visit . Put in your LiveJournal URL:, and click the Submit button.

Congratulations! You have just added your journal to GeoURL. Now users browsing for other websites around them in physical location will be able to find you. You can also follow the instructions on the success page to view other users near you. Keep in mind, you may not be able to see websites right away - the GeoURL servers must update with your information first. However, you can browse by Lat/Long anytime.

Once you've done this, you can add a button to your webpage to indicate that you participate in GeoURL: GeoURL.
<a href="" title="check out my neighbors in meatspace">
<span style="font-family: verdana, sans-serif;
font-size: 10px;
color: white;
background-color: #093;
border-left:1px solid #3C6;
border-top:1px solid #3C6;
border-right:1px solid #063;
border-bottom:1px solid #063;
padding:0px 3px 0px 3px;

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