Cat Scratch Reader's Interactive Fan Map

Greetings Panther fans!

Recently, the CSR editorial staff received an email from our friends over at Canal Street Chronicles with a great idea they have implemented over on their site, and after talking it over amongst ourselves we decided that it would be a cool idea to try it here at CSR and see how it goes. I'm sure by now you're on the edge of your seat wondering what this grand idea is, so let's see what it is shall we?

What they did was create a custom Google Map so fans can placemark their individual locations to get an idea of where everyone's from in relation to one another. It's a really cool way to see just where the people we interact with on a day-to-day basis are at while we sit at our computers and argue about Cam Newton (and other stuff), and we hope that we can use this handy little tool at CSR to learn a little more about the community that we've built up over the years.

After the jump we'll take a look at the Google Map that I created, and I will also provide instructions on how to put your placemark on the map so we call get an idea of where you're from. (If you're the type of person who freaks out over people knowing where you live, you don't have to worry - the only thing we will know is the city you live in. We don't want your home address, just a simple "Charlotte, NC" will suffice.)

Check it out after the jump...

Okay, before we get to the map, let's set some ground rules before I forget and we have mass hysteria on our hands.

There are two rules:

1. Do not change or delete anyone else's placemark. It's just not cool.

2. Do not use any obscene words and/or images to denote your placemark.

Please note: Any placemarks that violate Rule #2 will be removed.

I think that covers everything that needs to be enforced, so let's look at the map and then see how to put placemarks on it. (If you already know how to do this, you can skip the tutorial and just go to the map and enter your placemark.)

You can find the map by clicking this link.

And, here you will find a screenshot of the map (zoomed in to show the US, of course):

To add your placemark on the map, you must first have a Google ID. If you don't already have one, you might as well get one now, even if it's just so you can sign in and put a placemark on the map. After you've signed in, you need to click on the edit button in the left side bar (as seen in the screen shot), and then click on the blue placemark button that appears on the map near the directional arrows (it will be the one in the middle, between the hand and the squiggly line). Then you need to move your placemark to where you are on the map, and after you've moved it to your location you can type in your screen name and/or any other information you want to include. It's really that simple.

If you do happen to need visual instructions for doing this, you can visit Canal Street Chronicles' article on how to create a placemark. (I really don't feel like doing a screen shot for all three steps, and it's easier/faster to link to CSC. Besides, I needed to work in a link back to them anyway, so I might as well kill two birds with one stone.)

Now that we've got that out of the way, there's one other thing I need you guys to do. We need to come up with a name for this map. Right now it's called Cat Scratch Reader Membership Map, but that's just a temporary name so I could create it. We want this map to have a cool name, and we're depending on you to help us figure it out. Leave your suggestions in a comment, and after a set amount of time the editorial staff will deliberate (and probably get into a fist-a-cuffs or two) and decide upon a winner.

Please note: There is no prize for winning, unless you count being able to tell your friends that you came up with the name a prize.

Tell us what you think, CSR Readers, and be sure to leave your suggestions for what to name this thing in the comments section. Hopefully this idea catches on and in a few days we have a map full of placemarks so we know where to find each other if Clausen v. Newton Argument #45986 gets too far out of hand (just kidding).

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