Updated January 29: Roaming Hunger's St. Louis food-truck-tracking page went live on Wednesday, January 23, and it seems there are still a few kinks to be worked out.
| St. Louis street food is on the map -- Roaming Hunger's map, that is.|
When Gut Check took a gander at the site this week, only ten of the 30 trucks in town were actually on the map. More trucks are slowly being added (there were five the first time we checked), and there's a Twitter feed on the St. Louis page to inform readers about the locations of trucks that may not be on the map.
What's taking so long?
We caught up with Roaming Hunger's community manager, Ryan Carlin, who says it's all in the way the trucks tweet. The mapping program works by taking location and time info from the trucks' tweets, then placing the trucks are on the map. Even after getting e-mail instructions from Roaming Hunger about the proper way to tweet (there's gotta be an exact address and time, folks), Carlin says, some trucks still haven't caught on, so they're not appearing on the map.
Carlin tells us there've been some technical problems on the site, as well, and that more trucks should be visible as they iron out the wrinkles. Roaming Hunger has learned that it generally takes a new city a couple of weeks to get every truck on the map.
Says Carlin: "We do expect it to pick up."
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