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Wikimapia – Powered by Google

Friday, August 31, 2007 Leave a comment Go to comments

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With the advent of Google Earth a geo-info, map services provider in an interactive way using the advanced google search techniques and the satellite image capabilities, many such services and websites powered by Google are in the rise.

One such website which provides such a service effectively is Wikimapia. This is a is a Web 2.0 project to describe the whole planet Earth. It was created by Alexandre Koriakine and Evgeniy Saveliev, inspired by Google maps and Wikipedia.

Google Earth allows you to explore the whole planet after installing an application which runs on your pc. But Wikimapia loads all the images on the web browser. As per my observations, this loads pretty much faster than the Google Earth application installed on pc.

Also another advantage about Wikimapia is the way that the places have been described. Wikimapia has a feature called “Add Page” which allows you to add your favourite place such as your home – sweet home, your school, your college etc. This allows users to add their favourite as well as well known and popular places the local way. This way when we search a particular area, we come to know many places which will not be that easy to find in the Google Earth because this is purely defined by the locals. This way you find most probably the exact location you were searching for with no difficulty. Wikimapia also has other tools at your disposal which allow you calculate distance between poits of interest and area of the land etc.

Of course, the way of allowing users to add their own favourite places also leads to junk places being added which actually leads to false information at times. If used sensibly, this can prove out to be your information provider where ever you are when ever you need at the click of your mouse the fast way.

Next time when you look out for any information try finding it using Wikimapia and experience the World the local way. Also I request that whenever we use this service and add some new place let us be sensible and smart.

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