Saturday, 9 October 2010

Thursday, 29 April 2010

Recycling Group Finder iPhone app – updates

I’ve pushed a new release of the Recycling Group Finder iPhone app that updates the group database, there should be a lot more Freegle groups available now. Get it from the app store.

Tuesday, 2 February 2010

Announcing Recycling Group Finder for iPhone

The Recycling Group Finder application for iPhone OS 3 and above can help you quickly find your nearest recycling group (Freecycle, Freegle and others) wherever you are in the world.

Using the full power of the GPS and Mapping technologies available in your iPhone makes locating your closest group quick and easy.

  • Locate and sign-up to your closest recycling group within seconds
  • See the recycling groups closest to you
This application has been developed as a tool to help the many people taking part in the rising trend of reuse and recycling, in particular using organisations such Freecycle or Freegle.

Check out the Application page for more information.

Tuesday, 29 December 2009

Group data available as KML

I have been contacted by a number of people wanting to get the Recycling Group Finder Data in the KML file format (suitable for use with Google Earth) so I have added a new feature of the Recycling Group Finder that provides this. Just download the KML file and open it with Google Earth. The file contains all Freecycle and Freegle groups, as well as all other group affiliations that the Recycling Group Finder searches. You should end up with a map of all Recycling and Reuse groups in the world (that the Recycling Group Finder knows about at least).

Though it's fairly obvious you can see that groups are clustered around areas of dense population (download a population density overlay to see this) and that the US and UK are well ahead in Recycling/Reuse group adoption. In particular most countries in mainland Europe have relatively few groups

As always let me know of any problems or any more features you would like to see added.

Wednesday, 7 October 2009

Freecycle to Freegle group changes

Groups can now be marked as 'defunct'

This evening I added the ability to mark groups as 'defunct' and have started work on the backlog of Freecycle to Freegle group changes. Most should be done, but let me know if your group still needs changing. At the moment only I can mark groups as defunct so you will need to email me.

Why not just delete groups?

A lot of traffic comes in from search engines. Though I can delete a group I can't delete any search engine listings associated with that group. If I simply delete a group any users coming into that group page from a search engine will get an ugly "Page Not Found" error. Much better to present then with a friendly "That group is no longer active' message and allow them to pick an alternative. You can see this in action on the old Ipswich Freecycle page.

Other Changes

Some people reported that some groups were marked as Freegle Freecycle, this has now been fixed, but let me know if you see any more issues.

Sunday, 4 October 2009

Deleting groups

I've just got back from 10 days of traveling so will be working on the ability to delete groups from the site in the next couple of days.

Sunday, 20 September 2009

Group updates, group deletions.

The Freegle move took me a bit by surprise, I didn't see it coming and as a result I have a bunch of people asking me "I have moved my group to Freegle, can I delete the old one from the Recycling Group Finder"?

The simple answer is no (not yet), there is no facility for moderators to delete groups right now. I do automatically delete groups that Yahoo have taken down, but not groups that still exist.

It's going to take me a little while longer to get something up and running to handle the situation where a group needs to be deleted without me being involved (this is an "outside work" project and I've got other stuff that needs doing) but in the mean-time please email me the URL of both the new and old groups on the Finder and I will arrange the 'removal' of the group.

The URLs I am interested in are the ones specific to the group, with the number before the name like in this image:

If the URL doesn't have a number in it then it's the wrong one, and don't forget I need the URLs for both the old and new groups. Contact information at the bottom of every Recycling Group Finder page.