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Thursday, December 07, 2006

Experience Earth with Geojoey

Geojoey is a social travel site that features an interesting UI to help users find popular travel experiences. It's a three pane interface with one pane featuring a Google Maps mashup, the second a tag cloud, and a third that lists travel experiences along with Digg-like voting buttons. It all sounds a lot like a best-of of various popular sites, but it works surprisingly well.You can filter for the most popular experiences, and the map will start to be populated with flags listing their location and number of votes. A good implementation of Ajax makes transitions smooth. It's also possible to search for specific landmarks.
The only problem is the lack of traffic. As a result, there's a lot of noise when applying the social filters like most popular. Not enough people voting means that the results are likely to be skewed, and in some cases, it looks like entries are taken from Wikipedia or other sites. Still, there are a lot of interesting experiences on the site that you probably won't find mentioned in a popular travel guide. It's a shame that there aren't more users of Geojoey because it does offer something different to the current array of travel sites.


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