In case you haven’t noticed, the church has been rapidly building and deploying all kinds of exciting new technologies. I intend to cover a few of these over the next little while (as infatuated as I am with technology). It’s wonderful to see the church leveraging the powerful technology available to us today in order to move the work of the Lord along.
The first that I’ll cover, is a new (and upcoming) way of locating places of worship anywhere in the world. The site is actually a “mashup” (a site that merges technology/information from disparate locations) and works wonderfully.
This new interface creates a far more visual, interactive way to find meetinghouses. It lets you toggle between Google maps or Microsoft maps, depending on your preference, and lets you switch between the two at will. Doing this lets you use the great pan/tilt/zoom features of Microsoft, including their Aerial mode for satellite imagery (birds-eye view doesn’t seem to be available yet), or use Google’s satellite or map view (or merge the two). Interestingly, the Google Maps view doesn’t currently work in Google’s new Chrome browser, but I’m sure that’ll be fixed soon, but Microsoft maps do work (PP, that’s a paradox). Still it’s in beta, so some bugs will likely exist.
What’s cool though, is if you know of a chapel that’s not yet shown on the map they even give you an interface to add one.
Searching yields results divided into two categories “closest meetinghouses”, showing the three nearest locations, and “Assigned Congregations” showing a list of locations you can attend living in the selected location, along with language-specific worship services, young single adult wards, and student wards.
It even contains local leader contact information, and will give you directions.
If you haven’t yet seen it, check it out.