A new mashup lets you track the BP oil spill news using Facebook, Twitter, Flickr and more, all from one interface. Called "Oilaholic," the site serves as a one-stop shop for everything oil spill-related, including the latest tweets, the live video cam feed from uStream, the latest Facebook news and Flickr photos, the hottest headlines from Google News and elsewhere on the Web, a real-time "leak meter" feed (which is incredibly disturbing), and a live chatroom for venting your frustrations after you look at the leak meter, plus links to useful resources including government agencies, volunteer efforts, phone numbers to call and more.

Disaster Tracking on the Web

There are a number of ways people are keeping track of the tragedy that is the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill, the result of an off shore oil well explosion in the Gulf of Mexico. Now the largest oil spill in U.S. history and ranking highly on the worldwide chart as well, the event has resulted in one of the most horrific environmental disasters of all time.

Every news outlet offers round-the-clock news on the latest containment efforts, BP provides its own live streams, social media sites are filled with tweets, status updates, photos and more, government agencies and sites offer their own resources and countless charities and other non-profit organizations are soliciting donations and volunteer assistance. It's so much information, that's it's almost overwhelming - where do you even begin?

Oilaholic: Real-Time Web Meets Traditional Media

Oilaholic is definitely a good starting place. The site taps into APIs from Facebook, Twitter and Flickr to deliver real-time updates from social media sites, and organizes them site alongside other more traditional resources and links. A ticker at the top even scrolls through breaking news on the topic, like today's BP apology campaign, the "top hat" capping attempt and the flu-like symptoms now being reported by some Gulf Coast workers.

Meanwhile, below, the live Twitter stream constantly refreshes and the plumes spew in live video footage. On a second tab, public Facebook updates replace Twitter's stream, but the rest of the page remains the same. Other tabs focus solely on news headlines from top sites (like CNN, WSJ, NPR, MSNBC, Reuters, HuffPo and others), oil spill photos from around the Web - including those on Flickr and those being tweeted via Twitpic - and oil spill videos from YouTube.

In our opinion, Oilaholic isn't just a nifty mashup. Thanks to the links to non-social media resources it's actually one of the most comprehensive services for tracking oil spill news everywhere on the Web, whether real-time or not.

The new oil-tracking service is hosted on a subdomain of Jamtopia, a music-focused site with live concert videos, live streams, photos and more. Like Jamtopia, Oilaholic is a product of Mashware, a company that specializes in Web-based mashups like those for Xbox, iPod and even the robot dinosaur, Pleo.

(Thanks to Programmable Web for the tip)