Before I tell you this story you have to remember that I have no technical skills in the coding department (I can just about make some text bold in HTML), but I’m a relatively heavy user of the internet and I like to think I’m pretty quick at picking up new apps etc. So what I achieved in a fairly short space of time could be done by my nan (albeit maybe a bit slower).
So, it’s midday on Saturday (about three quarters of an hour ago) and I need to find a place in a certain area of Cardiff that’s got free wifi. I’ve often been confronted by this problem before, and there doesn’t seem to be a comprehensive list anywhere online. Anyway, earlier in the week I’d written a piece for Enterprise Magazine about business agility, and how the web affords us the opportunity to turn ideas around very quickly (I’ll post the article up here once the mag hits the streets), and thought I’d put my learnings into practice:
Step 1: Used Twitter to ask for tips.
Step 2: Received advice from Oli Mould, who follows me on Twitter.
Step 3: Realised how insanely easy it was to set up a map on Google Maps that was publically editable so the world could share their knowledge about wifi hotspots in Cardiff.
Step 4: Set up map, putting a few of my favourite places on there.
Step 5: Make the map public.
Step 6: Register www.wifi-in-cardiff.co.uk (6 quid) and point it at the Google map.
Step 7: Tell my friends on Twitter and ask them to retweet (share with their Twitter followers).
Step 8: Watch Twitter start to buzz with “retweets”, and then marvel that the whole process took me 30 mins.
Thirty minutes from start to finish. Even I’m amazed. And very chuffed!
Anyway, I just thought I’d share that with you. If you’re based in Cardiff, please chip in and share your wifi hotspots!