One of the apps our team built for KFOR-TV in Oklahoma City showed up in a video the local newspaper took where a woman who lost her house explained how she survived; turns out she was using 4WarnMe to watch live coverage from KFOR right up until cell service went out.
Pretty wild to have an app we built, make a difference like that:
It’s been a wild week at work helping KFOR.com in Oklahoma City cover the Moore, Oklahoma tornado.
One interesting thing I built today was a spin on images I saw after Hurricane Sandy – where (I think) the New York Times took ‘before’ and ‘after’ satellite photos and used a slider to let users compare images.
When I saw Google’s new imagery of the tornado area I knew I had to build something similar, and I wanted to do it before anyone else in the media did.
So it was off to stack overflow and some other places to figure it out – I knew I wanted to use jQuery, so that was an easy place to start.
Pretty quickly I found a way to do it, and it was even a WordPress plugin, but that would have taken some work get up and running on WordPress VIP, so I decided that using code and running the images in an iFrame would be best.
With that, I found Classy Compare – within a few minutes I had the HTML together and pulled some images to use, and the resulting project came together quite nicely and has been well received by our audience – you can check it out here:
I’m going to write more soon about the actual workshop, but here are a few photos from the Inn – it’s really a great place and I hope to visit again either for next years conference, or with my family.