Google launches ‘Minchizu’, custom maps showing geotagged photos for Google+ Communities in Japan

Google launches ‘Minchizu’, custom maps showing geotagged photos for Google+ Communities ...

It started with a Google+ Community called ‘Tokyo Slide Map’. A group of users wanted to chronicle the very best children’s slides dotted across the capital of Japan by uploading geotagged photos of them.

Google stepped in with ‘Minchizu’, a Web app that plots all of these user-generated images into a custom version of Google Maps. It’s a visual, collaborative tool that any user can browse and learn from.

So. Much. Tech.

Some of the biggest names in tech are coming to TNW Conference in Amsterdam this May.

What started as a nice gesture has now expanded into a larger campaign supporting multiple Google+ Communities. The Minchizu site, or ‘Everyone’s Map’ project, now offers 42 different maps tied to specific Google+ Communities. These cover major castles, guardian dog statues and exceptional bars and taverns in Japan, to name but a few.

Screen Shot 2013-09-06 at 12.38.30

To contribute to a specific map, users simply join the relevant Google+ Community and post a photo with the #Minchizu hashtag. Images with geolocation data can be plotted automatically, but users can also choose to use the check-in feature of Google+, or grab the custom URL of the Google+ location page.

Google has stumbled across a rather wonderful idea here. Minchizu is delightful in its current form, but clearly there’s a need and demand from users for a similar feature properly embedded in Google+.

➀ Minchizu (via Google Japan)

Read next: ToutApp now makes tracking your outbound sales emails even easier, and it’ll report back to your boss

Shh. Here's some distraction

Comments