Integrate Google Maps and Flickr into a real-time app

Here at NET-A-PORTER.COM we were challenged by the business to showcase what’s hot and trending amongst our very active and global community of customers. NET-A-PORTER LIVE is a real-time visualisation that polls a live feed from our servers and plots user activity on the map, anonymised to city-level accuracy. This tutorial reveals the techniques we used to create a custom-themed UI and how to integrate with a (near-) live feed of user activity.

NET-A-PORTER LIVE is a HTML/JS/CSS application built on JavaScriptMVC that includes product details and activity feed views that allow the users to shop and share the products. For phase one we thought ‘Why re-invent the wheel?’ and incorporated the Google Maps API framework with a customised look and feel.

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