Attention autograph seekers: Google and Gawker partner up to take celebrity sightings to a whole new level
Believe it or not, ABC's post-Koppel Nightline actually made me stop and watch last night.
They had a story about Gawker -- the popular blog about all things celebrity happening -- or rumoured to be happening -- in New York City.
Gawker recently partnered up with Google Maps to provide an amazing new tool for those who love celebrity hunting -- the Gawker Stalker.
Basically, it goes like this: Whenever Gawker is alerted by its legion of on-the-street, in-the-restaurant spotters armed with wireless email gadgets that a celebrity has been spotted somewhere in NYC, they immediately put it up on the Gawker Stalker map. The only buffer they provide: a 15-minute posting "delay" to give the celebrity a bit of a paparazzi barrier.
For example, the most recent update was a 2pm sighting today of Modonna shopping at Saks on 5th Avenue.
This takes celebrity-sighting to a new level. Try it. The Google Maps tool shows exactly where and when a star was spotted just moments after a sighting, including a blurb about what the celebrity is doing and whom they may be with at the time.
Says Gawker, "The celebrities, I'm sure, are not going to like this any more than they like being trailed by papparazzi."
Gawker Stalker blog here
posted by Chris Kennedy @ Thursday, March 16, 2006,