Mapme Stories

Tell stunning stories through maps

#2 Product of the DayJune 14, 2016

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Ben Lang
Maker
@benln · Spoke
Hi PH'ers! We've been busy at Mapme building a new product, while continuing to grow our classic mapping product. Excited to share it with you and hear your thoughts. We think that maps have the potential to become their own medium of storytelling and this product can make that happen. Mapme Stories is an incredibly easy tool for sharing stories through maps. Here are some examples: Top veggie places in Berlin Euro 2016 stadiums (Creation from web, usage from anywhere. ) It takes minutes to create something like that. You can embed videos, gifs, images, links, buttons all within the content. And of course you can easily share or embed them anywhere. You can even create custom maps, and upload your own background: The state of Westeros in Season 5 GOT Team Real Madrid (That's still in beta, if you want to try it out, ping us at support@mapme.com) If you want to give it a try, check out http://app.mapme.com ✌️ Love to hear your thoughts, thanks! ben@mapme.com
Jp Valery@jpvalery · Community @ RobotShop / Ex-Gameloft
@benln @mapme Some typos in the UEFA map ;) http://imgur.com/0zNxCAf
Ben Lang
Maker
@benln · Spoke
@jpvalery Thanks! http://www.goal.com made that one, we'll let them know.
João Antunes@joantune · co partner, Survs
@benln @mapme I was doing something called MapItOff until the team broke off, and it was something a bit similar. This is cool! Also, have you checked out how Google tells a story when you take pictures and make one? (don't recall the name) there are cool inspiring things for a story like approach to maps there.
Ben Lang
Maker
@benln · Spoke
@joantune Nice! Google photos has an awesome feature that create maps with your photos. We want to do social integrations in future, pull from twitter etc.
Misha Plotkine@misha_plotkine · MobyTrip.com
@benln @mapme Awesome update guys! love the new background feature!
João Antunes@joantune · co partner, Survs
@benln integrating it with social networks can help by easing the process of creation of a map. However, originally i was referring to the interface of Google photo when it tells stories. That interwoving between maps and pictures is stunning IMO. If I were you, I would find out if people really want to pull photos from social before doing that, or if they prefer different visuals to tell their stories. While your product is cool. The way that it exposes those stories with a map is not as stunning as the aforementioned product, and perhaps it's not supposed to, or needs to. But it's definitely worth to find out if you would get more uses if people had alternatives besides the map in center photo on left, or if they really love it as is and would use it more by pulling from social.
João Antunes@joantune · co partner, Survs
PS: @benln I saw @bouazizalex westeros map that he posted, and I love the way it's shown on mobile! The embedded version feels quite clunky though (it might be from the original site, but it took quite some time to load ) Also, the embedded version didn't recognize that I was in mobile, so, in a phone, it's not that good of an experience. You guys should try caching the images that Leaflet serves. I think you can do that quite easily and quickly by using cloudflare for it. Also, if it isn't yet, pack all ur js and optimize and minify them, and that alone should show you some considerable performance gains in the network tab of the your favorite browser's 'inspector'
yoav hornung@yoavush · Co-founder & CEO, Veed.me. + Coverr.co
First of all - congrats! I really like the idea behind map stories. Coming back from a week in Tokyo, I know that it would've been awesome to have my trip as a map story and then hand it to other people as a suggested itinerary. Since most pics and videos we take are automatically geo-tagged, did you think about being able to upload photos and then simply have a suggested story (by locations and dates), something like Google Photos does, but better? Can't wait to see how it goes.
Ben Lang
Maker
@benln · Spoke
@yoavush Yes that's a great idea :)
Yoav Vilner@yoavvilner · CEO, Ranky
Big fan of storytelling 2.0 and this is def a part of it. Good job guys.
Ben Lang
Maker
@benln · Spoke
@yoavvilner Yeah, learning from inspiring startups like Apester 😄
Erik Dungan@callmeed · Engineer @ Fame
This looks very similar to Eater's 38 and Heatmap lists[1]. Even the pins are nearly identical. I really like this style for map content. I'm curious if Eater was an inspiration at all for this layout. http://sf.eater.com/maps/best-ne...
Ben Lang
Maker
@benln · Spoke
@callmeed We're definitely fans of Vox (eater) they've done an amazing job.
Yair Kivaiko@kobaiko · CEO, Rahav Media
This is super cool! Great way to tell a story
Ben Lang
Maker
@benln · Spoke
@kobaiko Thanks Yair!