I came across a US dollar bill when travelling in Guatemala which had stamped across it “Where’s George” and a web address. I had forgotten all about it until checking my lottery ticket today it fell out of the back of my wallet. I typed in the web address to find a really cool project that tracks US currency using the bill’s serial number.
I typed in the serial number, not really knowing what would happen as a result, selected my location (all the UK locations happened to be US postings in the UK – mostly air bases) and wrote a comment about how I came across the note and where. After submitting the form it turned out that two and a bit years ago someone else did exactly the same as me in New York. I think this is a really cool project. They should do it in the UK!
I have previously thought about doing something similar with books. There are cerain books that you happily share, or feel the requirement to force a good book upon your friends and family, which you could then track. I wrote a couple of such notes to email me on books I swapped when travelling, but nobody has emailed me yet. Maybe I should do a little website project that does just that and tracks books. Readers can comment on them, state who they got them from and who they gave it to. Maybe could do something geographically with it. Select your position from a map and return the longitude and latitude. Mayeb that might be too hard for people, keeping it simple is the requirement here I reckon. I’ll have to have a think about it.