Talkin Streets - Using geolocation for tours

Talking Street is a cellphone service for providing a tour of a city by users calling a number with their cellphone as they travel the route (only in NYC and Boston - stoopid city dwellers). From their website:

It's as simple to use as an audio guide in a museum—except you use your own cell-phone. Just choose a stop, call the number, and enjoy an audio segment about the place where you're standing.


Heck, look at the narrators: Sigourney Weaver, Jerry Stiller, and Steven Tyler. There's a motley crew.

The service is a pretty ingenious way to offer tours to anyone, anytime. Could also provide a single point of service for different customer interests: history, culture, current events/life, etc.

It would also be great to sign-up for a general service which sent you SMS/email messages when you arrived in an interesting area, and not just when you were taking a specific tour. "The building you are now walking by served as the city's original firehouse in 1758..."

However, I guess that wouldn't be 'Talking Street', but 'Texting Street'.

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Andrew Turner is an advocate of open standards and open data. He is actively involved in many organizations developing and supporting open standards, including OpenStreetMap, Open Geospatial Consortium, Open Web Foundation, OSGeo, and the World Wide Web Consortium. He co-founded CrisisCommons, a community of volunteers that, in coordination with government agencies and disaster response groups, build technology tools to help people in need during and after a crisis such as an earthquake, tsunami, tornado, hurricane, flood, or wildfire.