Just Dave: Not the Yahoo! way
We have been using the Yahoo Maps Web Services for a while now and had been really happy with it. We use it to try to better understand where @traackr influencers might be located. You know, when someone says “big apple”, we can convert that to “New York, NY”.
But Yahoo decided to shut it down and finally pulled the plug completely a few days ago. It was time to switch. We had 1 guy in SF, 2 guys in Boston and 1 guy in Canada work a new solution, make the code change and switch to a new service and test. All in about 1 day. Oh, and our engineer who deployed the code to production did so during a flight back to the east coast at about 30,000 feet.
Originally published at Traackr Engineering.