Crowdsourced neighborhood ๐Ÿ—บ maps to navigate a city ๐Ÿ’ซ

Hoodmaps is a crowdsourced map to divide cities up into hipsters, tourists, rich, normies, suits, and uni areas. Get painting. ๐Ÿ–Œ

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Hey Product Hunters! I made this new thing called Hoodmaps. Here's the problem I had, and the solution I thought of: ๐Ÿค” Problem The problem is that every time I travel to a new place it's hard to figure out which parts of the city to go. I very often end up in the tourist center. I'm originally from Amsterdam and I know 90% of tourists will never get any idea about the "real" Amsterdam because they just stay in the tourist center. It's a fake area that has nothing to do with Dutch culture. So what do I want? I want to get a quick overview of what a city is about. What are the cool "hip" areas? Where's the wealthier areas? What areas are more suburbian (and maybe boring ๐Ÿ‘… for me?) ๐Ÿ›  Solution When my friend @generic_dreams asked me where to go in Amsterdam I drew a map: https://twitter.com/levelsio/sta... I thought, maybe I can make this in to an app. So I made a Google Maps map, and you can draw colors on it. And every colors represents a different category. I have ๐ŸŽ…hipsters, ๐Ÿ“ธtourists, ๐Ÿค‘rich, ๐Ÿกnormies, ๐Ÿ‘”suits and ๐ŸŽ“uni area colors. And it uses everyone's drawings as crowdsourced data. So if 5 people draw over an area that it's tourist, but 8 draw over it that it's hipster, it'll show up as hipster. I've also added tagging, so people can tag places with opinionated statements about an area. Tags can be upvoted and downvoted, which means it's somewhat self-regulating. ๐Ÿค“ How accurate is it? Today I walked around in Los Angeles, to figure out if the concept actually worked and livestreamed it on Twitter ๐Ÿ˜Š: https://twitter.com/levelsio/sta... Let me know what you think! ๐Ÿ’–Special thanks to @reustle for bugging me to build (and finish it), @oskarth and @marckolhbrugge helping me with data questions, @andreyazimon, @flowen_nl and my brother for supporting me to finish it and everyone else who helped in any way!
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@levelsio Amazing work! I stumbled upon it when you asked for the feedback in Slack. Incredible stuff. I think it is going to be an awesome startup! I have already started to read a few funny but true things about states/cities I have plans to travel to! ๐Ÿ’ฏ
@levelsio i totally feel your problem, and this is an interesting way to address it. this seems like it would be most useful while I'm walking around a city. Considering that use case, what do you think about creating an AR experience, like Yelp Monocle, that guides you to the desired parts of town?
@generic_dreams @reustle @oskarth @marckolhbrugge @andreyazimon @flowen_nl @levelsio Awesome product! I'd love to see "danger"/"ghetto" categories -if you walk around some of the "Normies" areas of Los Angeles long enough, you may well get robbed or worse! (-:
@levelsio Great story and love creative people as yourself to help create useful tools like this, hope the best. I'll be in contact with you in a few weeks as I'm the founder of Find.Exchange (www.Find.Exchange a London and Moscow based fintech company offering a powerful aggregator, a search and comparison engine for foreign currency, money transfers and travel currency cards). Your heat type of map can be very useful for us on the section of finding the central areas for Exchange Bureaus in our "Cash Section". We'll be publishing our platforms on Product Hunt next week bit by bit for feedback of users.
I guess I can't share a screenshot but you are seeding the user with a forced behavior - to categorize everyone as bromides, hipsters, etc etc. Let's start there - if this is a free zone to write whatever but why seed the behavior with anything like categorizing human beings...let alone did you ever think of how much your categorizing other humans actually sheds light on who you are for creating this product?
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I cannot use this product on my iPhone without categorizing another human being as something.
@mikepetruzzo I see you categorized yourself as a product guy, I'm offended
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@brunolemos it's the chance of someone getting offended at all that makes this a mistake. Regardless of your political or metaphysical affiliation
I was being ironic ยฏ\_(ใƒ„)_/ยฏ
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LOVE THIS! Also laughed so hard at how accurate the Chiang Mai one is so far... "prostitutes" and "dropshippers" are in the exact correct locations! ๐Ÿ˜‚
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@leanne_beesley I don't find people who are struggling to get by that funny, actually, but to each their own.
@compurbanist Wait, are you saying the dropshipping courses out there don't generate the riches they promised and their users are struggling to get by? Daayum i think you just blew the lid on an entire industry. Good call.
@leanne_beesley Sorry, I got a bit too emotional and shouldn't have singled your comment out. That wasn't fair, and I apologize. ๐Ÿ˜ž I do get why people think it's funny. On some levels, it is funny. Maps like these are also interesting, and instantly familiar. Urban designers have long been studying these kinds of "public images" of cities, and in skilled hands, these mapping techniques can reveal a lot about the collective wisdom of the places where we live. But there's also a huge risk. I hope folks realize that these kinds of labels have lasting impacts on real peoples' lives. I hope @levelsio and other designers of systems like this can take a moment to realize that when you build affordances that allow people to express these kinds of biases, there's a huge potential for damage. Put yourself in the shoes of the middle-school aged girl who lives in a neighborhood people marked as "prostitutes." Imagine how she might be teased at school every day. Imagine how painful that might be. A little bit of empathy goes a long way.
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@leanne_beesley @levelsio @compurbanist Hi Justin, I also actually don't find it amusing. Your last paragraph above is spot on.
It's been super awesome following your progress on this, enjoyed seeing your QA video tweeting series as well. Very awesome project, will definitely be using in the future ๐Ÿ”ฅ
@garetmckinley Thanks Garet! I tried to build it as open as possible :)
Sunday AM launch thooo ๐Ÿ”ฅ๐Ÿ”ฅ๐Ÿ”ฅ
@andrewett CLASSIC