Dot Aims To Provide More Details On Map
If you open Google Maps, you can know the country you are in, you can know the city, you probably know the block or sector, you even know the street and the exact location in the street where you are sitting right now. What does it lack? For a user who simply wants to look up an address, it is enough. But there can be much more detail in a map.
Dot aims to add that detail. It aims to provide the details such as all the water fountains that are located near you, or the location of a coffee shop somewhere in your city, or bars with fireplaces.
In the app, you can add a pin about the place giving a description of your own. For example, you may be at a music store that sells vinyl records. You can open the app and give your current location a pin that reads “music store that sells vinyl records.” When your friends or other people want to look up for such a store in that area, they can find its exact location.
It is a simple concept but if it is supported by a huge user base. It may go on to redefine location-based services by adding this new layer of detail about places.
Dot founder Christian Verschareen told TheNextWeb that they define their service as:
What Wikipedia does for what something is, Dot does for where it is.
He further told that they are following the model like Twitter in a sense that Twitter is not about anything and its developers didn’t created it for a specific purpose. Rather the developers of Twitter left the purpose for its users who can use it for anything. Verschareen believes that his service is also like Twitter in this regard. He believes people can find their own uses of the service.
We believe there need to be some screening service that monitors whether location tags are given by trusted people or not. If someone gives a wrong tag to a location, there can be confusions and it would kill the purpose of the service.
If you are interested in trying the app, you can enter you email address here and get an invite.