Plaxo & Frappr Map [updated 9/24]

Saturday, September 22, 2007

I should be packing, sorting, tossing STUFF but got messing around on the computer (it's over 90 outside) and decided to do some general email address clean-up. I use Mozilla Thunderbird for my email client (if you are still using Outlook Express with all it's security holes, you might want to give Thunderbird a's free, too).

Anyway, I found a way to synchronize my Plaxo information and my Thunderbird address book. Neat, I thought. Unfortunately a couple of things happened....Plaxo ended up with a bunch of email addresses that got automatically added to Thunderbird just by virtue of my sending an outgoing message. (THAT option is now turned off....) This meant that when I sent my update contact email from Plaxo, it went to a lot of folks that it shouldn't have. Hmmmmm.....

Next mistake, I thought I had found a neat little solution for mapping, a concise way for me to visually see who was in an area that I planned to visit. So the first note went out about Google Maps. Turns out that the owner is the only one who can add to Google Maps (thank you to the first person to notify me about this). So I deleted the map and started playing around with Frappr Maps. I hadn't used them in a LONG time so messed up the first two times I created a map.

I think it's set the way I'd like it now. If you just scroll all the way to the bottom of this page, you will see the map. I have added myself and will change my location as I travel, that way everyone can see where I am (as long as I have Internet access). Anyone who knows me can add themselves to the map by clicking the ADD YOURSELF button. Enter a name I will recognize (I have to approve all new pins so that the map doesn't get spammed with folks I don't know), enter a fake email address if you want (I am the only one who can see it, but I did a fake one since I didn't realize it wouldn't be shown) and chose the appropriate pin (if you have RV space or not or if you are an RVer yourself). NOTE: Several new additions to the map came without a name, even though I approve them they don't show. If you added yourself and don't see your pin within 48 hours, PLEASE add yourself again, being sure to add a name first.

I don't know if this will work but figured it was worth a try. It will only be as good as the information entered. So we shall see....thanks for giving it a whirl!

For those who got the Plaxo note for the first time, you are NOT required to join Plaxo, you just need to enter the information you want me to see (email, phone, address, etc). For those who think they need to download something then I suspect you may have Java turned off...I think Plaxo uses that (or else Flash and you may not have that loaded). Worst case, just email me your information and I will update it. I do really like it because if you DO join, anytime you make changes on your information, I see it automatically (and vice versa). Handy....

Okay, enough techno babble for one's to continued communications!

Till next time - keep on rollin',


  1. I went ahead and joined Plaxo when you sent the first thing from it but I'll admit that I am not sure if I'll really use it. I kind of worry about too many things out there on the Internet with my name, address, etc. on them.

    That said, I did go ahead and open a Google (Gmail) email address yesterday after reading about Escapees changes in their email. It sounds like they are moving to dropping the "lifetime" email addresses, so I thought I'd better get something that I can live with from one of the big outfits while there is still one that I will like available. Now I suppose I need to buy a book on how to use all the Google things. Will it never end? Probably not.

  2. Wow Donna,

    How great is it that you can just leave whether the house is sold or not. We have a contract on ours but I'm still scared to death that in this day of mortgage disasters something will go wrong and we'll be back to where we started a year and a half ago. We are not in a financial situation where we can leave without selling. We don't even want to buy the truck until we have the cash. Keep your fingers crossed for us.......

  3. I love Plaxo! Hope all is going well so far on your journey, Donna... I so understand about the grill thing too.




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