Short, concise description of the idea
Clicking on the "Current Location" link should not link you directly to Google maps, but instead to a list of other people who have used that location.
Full description of the idea
Instead of linking directly to Google maps, clicking on the "Location" link from someone's LJ entry should link to a page that lists other users who "share this location".
As a college student, I often list my dorm room. This is "East 128" not an address. Clicking on this causes Google maps to say it can't find the address, because it's not an address. This would work well for people who prefer to put down "the office" or "school" rather than a street address.
The linked page would be similar to the interests directory, listing everyone who has listed the same location. At the top of this page, there would be a "Google map this?" sort of link. When the user clicks on it, they're taken off-site to try to map that location.
- People don't have to list the address of their location
- People won't click on a location expecting a link of others who have that location in common, such as is the case when clicking on locations or interests from the user information
- People will still have access to the Google maps feature, but clicking a "blind" link from LiveJournal won't directly take them there
- Allows for enhanced creativity in location selection
- More intuitive for the user, as it seems more logical to put "At home" than "1030 Columbia Avenue"
An ordered list of problems/issues involved
- Readers of those who have posted a street address will have to click twice to get to the map they want
- There have been directory problems in the past, so adding more load to the directory might not be wise
An organized list, or a few short paragraphs detailing suggestions for implementation
- This requires the creation of a new directory page, virtually identical to the interests.bml page
- An external link to Google maps is placed on this location.bml page, which will map the location currently being viewed