One of the main reasons why I wanted to move to Phoenix is so that I could have a ton of new areas to explore. From Glendale and Scottsdale to Mesa and Tempe and everything in between there’s hundreds of miles and thousands of blocks to explore. It’s going to take me a while to cover it all but that’s okay. The journey is half the fun, right?
As I make my way around the city I’ve been taking mental notes of new favorite hot spots as I try to remember which bar has the best ambiance, which deli has the best Roast Beef, and which antique store has the best hidden treasures.
The mental notes approach, while tried and true, is a recipe for disaster. Returning to an area armed with nothing more than your own recollection from two months ago is how people spend hours on end, roaming the streets endlessly in search of that elusive hole in the wall cupcake store that they fell in love with. It would obviously be much better if there was a way to digitize your experiences. A way to annotate your life on an ever evolving map. Thankfully, now there is.
As Springwise explains, “The days of hand drawn routes and dogeared car maps are long gone. Most people now turn instinctively to their smartphones for directions, and while existing online maps do the job of getting people from A to B quite satisfactorily, the latest version of Citymaps has a lot more to offer. Citymaps 2.0 is a visually rich map which enables users to annotate and bookmark their digital world. It lets them create shareable ‘collections’ and will even learn the tastes of users over time, resulting in a personalized map which emphasizes specific venue types and brands.”
What I love most about this idea is the fact that the software evolves over time as it learns about you. If I annotate all the antique stores and flea markets that I go to I could eventually receive a recommendation about an unknown mom and pop shop that could have exactly what I’m looking for. The kind of recommendation that a Google search would never turn up.
I also like the fact that you can interact with your friends or other people and share your “collections” as you make them. And I especially like the fact that you can collaborate with other people and pool your knowledge together in a shared collection. When you’re traveling to a new city on vacation following a pooled collection seems like it could be a much better use of one’s time than following a Fodor’s guide or a few biased Yelp reviews. It’s certainly a lot better than going it alone.
Now if only someone could tell me where I could find some good Roast Beef in the Phoenix area before I get the app I would greatly appreciate it!
Is a personalized smartphone map the Greatest Idea Ever?