Platial, The People’s Atlas, Releases Next Generation Online Mapmaking Application
Offers Users Instant-Access to 36 Million Places; Wider Distribution through Wordpress and Typepad
PORTLAND, Ore.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Platial Inc., which collects stories, reviews and multimedia about places from people around the world, announced today its next generation online mapmaking tools. These tools include a cool, new, patent-pending interface offering the easiest way to add content to maps and browse geographic content. Bloggers and Website owners can now give their readers even more relevant content and better maps.
“This enables users to be more connected than ever to information about the world around them.”
With the introduction of the Platial “Slider,” Platial users now have instant access to 36 million places from Platial, Flickr, YouTube, Yahoo! Local and more, making it easier than ever to make great maps with which readers and community members can engage. For example, a coffee blogger can make a map of coffee spots, add their three favorite cafes and readers of this blog can then add their own favorites. Now, blog readers have an enhanced view with other relevant coffee places from the best online sources. All blog readers need to do is use the Platial Slider (right on the blog) to “Turn up the Volume” and see the preferred amount of available content related to coffee. In addition to being available at www.platial.com/mapmaker, Platial’s mapkits are now available through Wordpress and Typepad.
"Platial continues to innovate with the Google Maps API, providing users with near-instant access to rich and relevant geographic content with their new slider functionality," said John Hanke, director of Google Earth and Maps. "This enables users to be more connected than ever to information about the world around them."
“Two years ago, Google maps opened their API which started a developer mash-up craze,” says Di-Ann Eisnor, Platial Co-Founder and CEO. “Now being a developer is no longer essential. This release is a technical milestone for us drawing on an impressive amount of work in cluster/tiling/layers, data handling and aggregation ‘grabbing’ and scoring and more front-end firepower. All still in early stages, of course.”
“This new release supports Platial’s mission to create a world-wide, constantly evolving citizen driven atlas,” says Eisnor. “We’re offering this free tool for as many sites and blogs as possible so The People’s Atlas can grow even faster and reflect the diverse interests, opinions and knowledge of our members.”
Platial.com, The People’s Atlas, is a free resource where hundreds of thousands of people around the world share and discover all kinds of places. Anyone can map just about anything including their towns, lives, travels, feeds, files, photos, video and stories in one simple interface.
Platial has been featured in Wired, New York Times, All Things Considered, National Geographic Online and numerous blogs. The company is financed by KeyNote Ventures, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, Omidyar Network, Ram Shriram, Georges Harik, Jack Dangermon and Ron Conway, among others.