Putting Place in Social, Putting Social in it’s Place

Mano Marks (Google, Inc. ), Julia Ferraioli (Google)
Workshop Yerba Buena Salon 12-14
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While a major locus of socializing has moved to the web, human beings remain geolocated. This makes the world of social networking and maps inherently attractive to each other. In 2011, Google released the Google Places API and the start of the Google+ Platform, which along with the Google Maps API together make for some powerful new geo combinations.

Places gives access to Google’s constantly updated index of millions of places around the world. Stores, libraries, restaurants, bars, landmarks, and 125 different categories give a rich wealth of location information to developers creating social apps. The Google Plus platform includes sharing from the 1 button, access to user’s public data, and collaborative apps that run inside Google Hangouts

In this workshop, you’ll learn how to combine the rich information of Google Maps and Places with the power of people on Google+. We’ll cover topics such as:

  • Authentication
  • Hangout applications
  • Extracting geolocation from activity streams
  • Innovative use of the +1 button
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Mano Marks

Google, Inc.

Mano joined Google’s Geo API team in 2006. He helps people all over
the world develop and deploy their content in KML and Google Maps,
working with large companies, small startups, and international aid
organizations. Before coming to Google, Mano had an eclectic career
that involved getting a Masters in History, a Masters in Information
Management and Systems, and working as a data manager in social service and public benefit organizations for over a decade.

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Julia Ferraioli


Julia Ferraioli is a Senior Developer Advocate with Google’s Open Source Programs Office. She’s a polyglot, though in code only, and is excited about open source sustainability, accessibility, machine learning, containers, and sprinkles (in roughly that order). Her superpowers are finding ways to incorporate her interests into her work and estimating how much stuff can fit inside a container.

  • Esri
  • AT&T Interactive
  • Google
  • Nokia, Location & Commerce
  • Facebook
  • Bing
  • Control Group
  • Localeze
  • MyCityWay
  • Socrata
  • Urban Airship
  • MapQuest

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