There's recently been a "States I've Visited" application going around on Facebook, where users create a map showing all the US states they've visited, and then post it on their page for their friends to see. I wondered if SAS could do a better job?...
Here's a screen-capture of one of my friends' map, created with the m.maploco.com application. It's a pretty simple map, using two colors, and from a visual perspective I have no complaints. It's a good map.
But when I thought about creating my own map, I felt a bit limited by the application. For example, there are certain states that I've visited, but only while I was driving through that state to get somewhere else. And I also wanted to provide some details about where I went in the state, or what I did there.
Therefore I used SAS to create my own map, so I could do it the way I wanted. I made the states I had driven through a lighter red, to distinguish them from states I'd actually spent quality time in. And I added html hover-text with more information about my 'visit' to each state. Below is a snapshot of my map - click it to see the full-size map with html hover-text:
Feel free to download my code, and modify it to create your own map (and post it to your Facebook page, or wherever you want). Who knows, you might even want to add some changes and enhancements!