I order a lot of stuff online and I usually bookmark whatever carrier is about to deliver my package and keep hitting refresh to see where my order is at the moment. I am like a child waiting to open Christmas gifts. Very very impatient.
While waiting for the George Foreman grill we ordered, I found this excellent site for those suffering from this addiction. This won’t cure it but might help you track your stuff without denting your productivity hours.
PackageMapping.com quick facts
- It’s free for personal use.
- It is basically a Google Maps mash-up interfacing with FedEx, DHL, USPS and UPS APIs for tracking packages.
- It also offers 3D package mapping with Google Earth.
- Offers RSS feeds for all tracking numbers – the feature I love the most as I don’t have to go to the carrier’s or Package Mapping website to track the current status!
- Email notification of tracking details and delivery.
- Track unlimited number of packages with free registration. Check out the multi-map feature while you are tracking (up to 25 packages).
- If you would like to display this information on your website, check out the paid subscription option and a few sample layouts showcasing this functionality.
- Last but not the least, there is a free Firefox and Thunderbird extension as well!
Next time you order a package online, you don’t have to simulate a ‘denial of service’ attack on FedEx’s tracking page. Instead, look at your rss feed to see if there is any updates and then head over to Package Mapping to see it on Google Maps.