One of my Ning networks is getting enough members that I'd like it to start having a local focus. In an ideal world Ning would use the town/state/country information in member profiles to geotag. That would allow us to target by geography, e.g., send a message to anyone within twenty miles of Boston, MA.But you can hack a geography listing. I've put together a page of my Ning's members that lists by state, country and region. I'll show you how to do a region, which should give you an idea how to recreate something like this.Say I want to have a list of everyone in the New England region of the U.S. I go to my regular Members page and click on "Advanced Search." Go down to the city state field and type in each of the states in the region with "OR" in between: "me OR ma OR nh OR vt OR ct OR ri". The results tell me I have 42 members: yea! But the address bar is what I want. Ning is awesomely good at having transparent URLs. It's not pretty but it's there and can be shortened down a bit to:http://www.quakerquaker.org/profiles/members/search?location=me+OR+ma+OR+nh+OR+vt+OR+ct+OR+riI can now make that a link on any page. On my network, I went to manage tabs, added a page and spent an hour or so making up those links. It should work for any network. This link, for instances, gives you New England members of the Ning Creators Network!Let me know if you've found any geo-locating tricks. To the left is a image of a Google Maps mashup I did with my Ning membership list. This trick's not particularly easy. You have to run it through a geotagging service, convert the output file to KML and then upload it for Gmaps to see. Once you get through it all it's cool (I could actually embed that map right here, except that it has some member data I don't want to make public).