In 2007, Brian Perry had a new phone with Internet access and wanted to use it to surf network of Colorado Springs‘ traffic web cams during his daily commute down Interstate 25.
But he quickly became frustrated because he couldn’t find a site where every cam was conveniently displayed.
So Brian, a web developer, created his own site, www.JamJumper.com, to gather all the cams in one spot.
Soon, Brian was able to scan the road ahead, using JamJumper, and decide whether to wait out a traffic jam or duck off I-25 onto the side streets to continue his commute.
Funny thing. Brian doesn’t make the daily commute anymore. He works from his home in Peregrine running his company JumpStart Focus.
But he’s left his JamJumper up for anyone who wants to use it.
It’s kind of like his laboratory that he uses in his web design business. He uses it to experiment on behalf of clients to research how Google and other search engines drive traffic to various sites.
For example, he learned that by precisely labeling each web cam with specific intersection names, JamJumper seemed to vault to the top of results for Google searches in Colorado Springs.
Brian wasn’t done with JamJumper. He longed for a similar place to find web cams for Colorado ski areas. And to guage the weather.
And he expanded SnowGrabber to provide web cams at ski areas around the world. Here’s a look at JamJumper: