Nearby Tweet (updated)

Last December I created a simple “Nearby Tweet” using Google Maps API. It was based on version 2. Since Google Maps API v3 is official, I decided to migrate the code. In the latest version, one of the noticable change for developer is the removal of the Google Maps Key. Version 3 is designed to be faster and target both desktop and mobile devices.  btw, version 2 is deprecated and if you still using it, remember to migrate. Finally found time to look into the old codes. I did some clean up, migrate to v3 and make sure it support iPhone Safari.

Let’s start with the changes:

Change 1: JavaScript URL. Note: applications that determine the user’s location via sensor must pass sensor=trye when loading the Maps API JavaScript.

Change 2: Additional <meta> tag for iPhone device. The setting specifies that this map should be displayed full-screen and should not be resizable by the user.

 <meta name="viewport" content="initial-scale=1.0, user-scalable=no" />
 <script language=JavaScript src="js/jquery-1.3.2.min.js" type=text/javascript></script>
 <script type="text/javascript" src=<a href=""></a>></script>

Change 3: Add new function to detect browser (for Mobile)

function detectBrowser() {
  var useragent = navigator.userAgent;
  var mapdiv = document.getElementById("map_canvas");
  if (useragent.indexOf('iPhone') != -1 || useragent.indexOf('Android') != -1 ) { = '100%'; = '100%';
  } else { = '600px'; = '800px';

Change 4: Updated the “Nearby Tweet” code to call version 3 API.

 function initialize() {     
  geocoder = new google.maps.Geocoder();
  var latlng = new google.maps.LatLng(1.2915, 103.8492);
    var myOptions = {
      zoom: 13,
      center: latlng,
      mapTypeId: google.maps.MapTypeId.ROADMAP
    map = new google.maps.Map(document.getElementById("map_canvas"), myOptions);

 function showAddress(address,fText) {
  if (map == null) return false;
  if (address == null) return false;
  if (fText == null) fText = "Default Text";
    if (geocoder) {
      geocoder.geocode( { 'address': address}, function(results, status) {
        if (status == google.maps.GeocoderStatus.OK) {
          var marker = new google.maps.Marker({
              map: map,
              position: results[0].geometry.location
      var infowindow = new google.maps.InfoWindow(
          { content: fText });
     google.maps.event.addListener(marker, 'click', function() {,marker);
        } else {
          //alert("Geocode was not successful for the following reason: " + status);
 } // end showAddress()

If you are planning to migrate, happy migrating 🙂


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