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05-26-2006, 04:48 PM
www.wikimapia.org (http://www.wikimapia.org) .

Wikimapia. Like wikipedia, but with maps. Sort of a cross between Google Earth and Wikipedia. You can edit in interesting places, and it appears to be really new (as in, very little is tagged), and so I'm gonna have fun with this for awhile. You're technically only supposed to edit in places of interest to other people, but since I'm an asshole, I tagged my house. Look! You can see it even this far zoomed out! (http://www.wikimapia.org/#y=35995785&x=-76376953&z=8&l=0&m=h) (Look for the little boxes in certain places.) It didn't have any warnings about IP banning like wikipedia, so I figured what the hell.

Now excuse me while I busy myself with this thing for the next hour.

Edit: Link fixed. Sorry.

05-26-2006, 04:54 PM
SOunds nice, I'll check it out.

05-26-2006, 05:16 PM
2 Questions:

1. Why is Missouri so much greener than the rest of the country?
2. Why does there appear to be a small baseball diamond in Area 51?


05-26-2006, 05:35 PM
I always hate it that I can't zoom into my city that much on those global things. Luckely there's about the same thing availeble for just my city.

Too bad the images are about 3 years old though, they've constructed a new road along the railway (up-right diagonally)

It's amazing how far you can zoom in. Our house and it's property and my room in the smaller red square.

All About Eve
05-26-2006, 06:47 PM
It hardly gets close at all on mine. The only distinguishing mark is the lake down the street. Btw, it's using google images.

2 Questions:

1. Why is Missouri so much greener than the rest of the country?
2. Why does there appear to be a small baseball diamond in Area 51?

1. No one would notice it otherwise.

2. Company softball team?

- -Lauren- -
05-26-2006, 07:10 PM
http://img97.imageshack.us/img97/9104/home1gl.jpg (http://imageshack.us)

^that's my house

http://img97.imageshack.us/img97/6074/rhs3pp.jpg (http://imageshack.us)

^and that's my high school

05-26-2006, 07:15 PM
1. Why is Missouri so much greener than the rest of the country?


05-26-2006, 07:22 PM
Did everyone catch the square for my house on a map of like, half of North Carolina? I feel pretty important.

Btw, I'm finding this fascinating altogether. This thing is still really young, but it may not be long before virtually every building on every block of every road is tagged and labeled on an easily accessible website. This thing could prove to be a pretty major advancement.

05-26-2006, 07:29 PM
Wow, I found my house, my school, and even the streets where I walk from the bus stop to school. It felt wierd following it and thinking of where I'd be.

05-26-2006, 08:57 PM
Amazing, I found my house. It made me realise how bad I am at finding places, though. I also found my college and it's enormous. It's an interesting site, thanks. Kinda scary.

05-26-2006, 10:20 PM
I can't believe I found my house and actually see into my neighbours' backyards... Bahahaha! This wins. Fucker across the street has a swimming pool. How Western.

Sin Studly
05-26-2006, 10:57 PM

Me, for the win! Bwahahaha!

Ninty Man
05-26-2006, 11:37 PM
Dammit... where the fuck it's Mexico City

05-26-2006, 11:58 PM
You all are missing the point. Anyone can take a screenshot and post pictures. Just bump the Google Earth thread if you're still fascinated by the ability to do that. But check out some of the stuff that has been tagged! Tag interesting stuff yourself! You can really find some cool places this way.

For example:

I wasn't aware that there is a landmark in England aptly known as "Pac-Man (http://www.wikimapia.org/#y=51400213&x=-985135&z=19&l=0&m=h) ." Also notice the humorous tag on the same screen of "a car." And nobody rushed to report "Dr. Treez's House" as a frivolous tag. Sorta begs the question: will this ever have the same level of control enjoyed by wikipedia? Or will there continue to be these kinds of jokes forever? I'll be following the development of this site closely.

See also Huge Floating Man (http://www.wikimapia.org/#y=-27967841&x=153416962&z=18&l=0&m=h) in Australia, along with "a boat," "a car," and "another car." Same sorta deal.

You can also search for things specified in tags. For example, I search for "Elvis" and "Graceland (http://www.wikimapia.org/#y=35046136&x=-90022839&z=18&l=0&m=h) " pops up on the map and I can zoom in.

For practical purposes, there is now an easy way to find famous landmarks, like The Great Sphinx (http://www.wikimapia.org/#y=29975548&x=31136397&z=18&l=0&m=h) or Mt. Everest (http://www.wikimapia.org/#y=27980179&x=86921289&z=14&l=0&m=h.). Find cool places you don't know about, like some volcano in Reunion (http://www.wikimapia.org/#y=-21244662&x=55713644&z=13&l=0&m=h). Everytime you read a news story about something that happened someplace, you can mark something as a historical landmark. Mark places you already know and it's a million times better than posting "lolz here's my house" on a message board. You don't even really have to worry about tagging something that isn't relevant to others, because the most popular places automatically show up on the more zoomed-out views. And sure, you have to be a bit of a geography nerd to objectively go looking for things on here, but that's the only drawback. For me, it isn't even a drawback. Man, I love this shit.

But here's that baseball field in Area 51 (http://www.wikimapia.org/#y=37242765&x=-115823257&z=17&l=0&m=h) . Because seriously, wtf.

05-27-2006, 12:15 AM
We don't have that technology here in Brazil yet.

05-27-2006, 12:18 AM
omg!!! fuckntastic!!!!

Mota Boy
05-27-2006, 01:25 AM
That's quite cool. I plan on tooling around with it a bit over the next few days. Unfortunately, the images, though clearer than Google Maps', are hideously outdated. I couldn't find a couple of my favorite hang-outs on the map because construction on them hadn't yet started at the time the photos were taken.

05-27-2006, 03:34 AM
I found my house!

now what..

it's still pretty awesome, though. I found my boyfriend's house aswell. actually, I found his first & then I 'biked' to mine through the map.

05-27-2006, 03:42 AM
I found the liquor store next to the campus. And tagged it.

05-27-2006, 06:50 AM
Everyone, search "Danish mailman."

I tagged the neighborhood I deliver mail to. Hoorah!

Or click this! (http://www.wikimapia.org/#y=55749253&x=12463474&z=16&l=0&m=h)

05-27-2006, 07:22 AM
My apartment (http://www.wikimapia.org/#y=39911566&x=-75093661&z=19&l=0&m=h)

Maybe my car (http://www.wikimapia.org/#y=39911342&x=-75093328&z=19&l=0&m=h)

05-27-2006, 07:31 AM
Pac-Man! Haha! (http://www.wikimapia.org/#y=51400214&x=-985136&z=19&l=0&m=h)

05-27-2006, 09:17 AM
That is a so useful site. :eek: :D
Cheers. :)

All About Eve
05-27-2006, 09:30 AM
The Big Chicken (http://www.wikimapia.org/#y=33951376&x=-84520319&z=19&l=0&m=a)
You can't see it from the angle, but it's a gigantic chicken with rolling eyes and a beak that opens and closes, probably 20-30 feet high, on a KFC in Marietta (outskirts of Atlanta). People around there use it as a reference point.
The Varsity! (http://www.wikimapia.org/#y=33946101&x=-84513681&z=17&l=0&m=a)

05-27-2006, 10:04 AM
My route!
http://f5.putfile.com/5/14612574728.png (http://www.putfile.com)
The journey to my route!
http://f5.putfile.com/5/14612590280.png (http://www.putfile.com)

05-27-2006, 12:36 PM
The journey to my route! *map*

My dear God, that's insane!

05-27-2006, 12:43 PM
Yes! it's a half hour by train!

05-27-2006, 01:20 PM
I found a crashed aircraft's wing on the north pole! Or something, but I found it, so it's mine.

All About Eve
05-27-2006, 01:27 PM
That thing's way to big to be a wing.

05-27-2006, 02:34 PM
what the heck is that? *scratches head* looks kind of funky. Tijs, wanna share?

05-27-2006, 02:54 PM
Funky indeed. Too funky for me to handly by myself, I'll share.

05-27-2006, 03:03 PM

*sings & bounces* we've got a wing, nanananananaaa.

05-27-2006, 03:07 PM

I heard about this on the news, that Ministry of Defence in The Hague was blurred out.

05-27-2006, 03:10 PM
so.. no one will know it's exact location?


05-27-2006, 04:20 PM
no, so that exact information about such matters as security details can't be found.

also, check out the white house. some awesome shit has been tagged around there. http://www.wikimapia.org/#y=38897492&x=-77036508&z=19&l=0&m=a