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New Google Maps Mashup Creates Forum for Local Discussion


A new service named Webtomap has been launched today. It uses the Google maps API to enable people to publish and discuss geographically specified issues. Maps can be searched for specific tags and categories. Users can login and share content on all major social networks.

Utrecht, Netherlands, December 13, 2012 --(PR.com)-- Today a new service called Webtomap was launched. Webtomap lets users post their photos, videos and articles on a public Google map. Users can view all content posted by themselves and others. Users are also able to rate posts and comment on content posted on the map. To search for specific subjects, the category structure and search function can be used. Large amounts of posts can be placed on the map because the posts are clustered. Signing up is easy because you can create an account with Facebook, Twitter and Google. Webtomap is a Mashup that uses among others: Twitter and Facebook connect, Wordpress and Google maps. The website is still in beta, but people are welcome to sign up and use the service. The maximum number of posts a user can post is three a day.

How users are going to use the website still has to be seen. It may be that people are going to use it as a local discussion forum or as a local news website. It is also possible to create maps with a certain tag to start an interactive map around specific topics. Articles, videos and photos can be placed on the map given they are related to the location. Users can suggest third party services like video sites and other widgets to be integrated within Webtomap. If users find spam or other malicious content, they can report it with a mouse click and the post will be reviewed. All content on the website is easy to share on all major social media services.

Webtomap is different from Google maps, because people can post about virtually anything and can discuss it with other users. Other location services like Foursquare build their product around a more specific niche. Since the site has just launched, the number of posts and tags in use is still very limited, but when more people start using the service this experiment might turn into a comprehensive database of geographically labeled content. With Bing using geo RSS data in its search engine and the growing use of GPS enabled devices, Webtomap may be in the right spot.

Webtomap is a service that lets users post topics and discuss them on a world map. Users are able to search the map for articles they are interested in. The site is still in beta phase, but users can sign up and experiment with the service. For more information please visit: http://webtomap.com
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