With all the online publishing platforms out there, it takes a lot for a new startup to stand out. But Maptia, I believe, has got it. Founded by a team of web-savvy travelers based out of a beach town in Morocco, takes a new approach to visual storytelling.
What Maptia brings to the table is a focus on place. Stories published on the site are tagged with a location which links them to a world map. Within a story, each individual image or text “post” is itself mapped to a location. So you’ll be able to create a visual map of a place based on your own experience.
The founders clearly paid attention to good design, and the interface is pleasant to work with. They’ve already collected some fascinating writing and photography, to which I’ve been honored to contribute.
You can check out their introductory article to learn more, or have a look around the site. They’re gradually scaling up the platform, and making more features public, so I’m expecting dope stuff to come!