I don't know what triggered it, but this page is suddenly very popular on Facebook. Note that there is no direct Facebook sharing functionality – if you want to share your generated map, you must save it to your computer and post it to Facebook as an image.
Fill in the width in pixels you want for your image (height is automatic to stay in proportion). The minimum is 80 (it looks silly any smaller) and the maximum is currently 2400.
Click states, provinces, and territories in the map to cycle through the colors, or use the list beneath. Check off the states and provinces you've been to. Choose:
- red for states where you've not spent much time or seen very much.
- amber for states where you've at least slept and seen some sights.
- blue for states you've spent a lot of time in or seen a fair amount of.
- green for states you've spent a great deal of time in on multiple visits.
Regions of the map are included in the final image only if you give them a color. If you color only US states, Canada will not be included, and Alaska and Hawaii will only appear if colored. If only Canada is colored, the US will not be included.
If you enable the side-by-side map option, and both the US and Canada are included, the map will be horizontal, with the US next to Canada. Otherwise, Canada will appear atop the US in one continuous map.
Click create, and if all goes well, your image should appear in a new browser window. Save it to your computer by right-clicking and choosing Save As from the menu, or dragging it to your desktop, or choosing Save from the File menu, or any other means you would ordinarily use to save an image. Do not link directly to the URL of the image as it appears in your browser. The generated images are deleted after a short time.
If you were using a more modern web browser, you would be able to click states directly on a map to set the colors.
If you use your map image on the web, I ask (but do not require) that you include a link back to the description page. That page explains the color-coding, so it's useful anyway.