September 5, 2010

Mapbuzz – Share Your Favorite Spots

Mapbuzz is an application that allows users to create online maps showing all their favorite spots in town. These maps can then be shared with friends, offering an easy way to tell others about your favorite nearby restaurants, yoga studios, or hiking trails. For people interested in traveling, the application offers a fun way to plan trips ahead of time and mark out all the tourist destinations that can’t be missed. And since the maps on Mapbuzz are searchable, new users can utilize the collective power of the Internet to find out about under-the-radar nightspots and restaurants that wouldn’t be included in any guidebook or article in a travel magazine.

You’ll need to sign up with Mapbuzz to start creating maps, although you can search through the maps that other people have made by simply typing any destination into the search box on the main screen. If you don’t find any maps that match what you’re looking for, then go ahead and make your own. Click “Create Map,” name your map, add related tags and a description, and click “Create.” If you already have the data points for your map, then you can import those directly into the Mapbuzz site. If not, then type in the name of the city where you map will be set, and use the symbol tool to place markers in all the spots you want to add. Each marker gets a name, an icon, a description and tags, and you can even use the line tool to link two places together.

One of the greatest things about Mapbuzz is its social networking component, which makes it easy for people to share maps with each other and follow the ever-changing maps created by businesses, schools, and election campaigns. The various rating features offer a basic way to determine the usefulness of a map before clicking on it, while the “Nearby” feature offers a way to see only the maps that were created to showcase places near your current location. For travelers and city dwellers alike, Mapbuzz is an interesting new app worth checking out.

Practical Uses:

  • Share all your favorite nightspots with your friends
  • Make a map showing all the different schools you’ve attended
  • Plan out a bar crawl with your friends and print a map of all the destinations
  • Get to know a new city by checking out the maps made by other users

Insider Tips:

  • Use the tagging feature to find related maps and get your own map seen by others
  • Rate the usefulness of each map you check out
  • Search for similar maps before making your own
  • Create a profile of yourself to give people a better idea of who is making a map

What we liked:

  • Creating a map with Mapbuzz is as simple as creating one with Google Maps
  • Tagging and search features make it easy to find the maps you want
  • Click on any user’s name to find other maps he or she has made
  • Great way for friends and families to share information about vacation destinations or favorite restaurants nearby

What we didn’t like:

  • Some of the features made the website move very slowly on Firefox
  • Not every city has pre-made maps available just yet, although that will change as more people start using the site


Company Info:

  • Launched: 2007
  • Privately Held
  • Headquarters: Denver, Colorado
  • Founded by: Charlie Savage
  • Web site:


  • Free

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