Get hooked on MapHook

Aug 10, 2010
Tech

I was never much of a Twitter fan. I didn’t see the need to tell people what I was up to and have them see that as a tool for enriching their lives. Not only that, but I always wondered if my tweet was read. What I like about the MapHook iPhone app is that your thoughts […]

I was never much of a Twitter fan. I didn’t see the need to tell people what I was up to and have them see that as a tool for enriching their lives. Not only that, but I always wondered if my tweet was read. What I like about the MapHook iPhone app is that your thoughts and pictures get recorded on a map and it will be read over and over again.

People can use your information to make better decisions about visiting a place, see it on a map so they know exactly where it is, and then respond to you immediately. In a sense you’re reviewing places like Yelp, but MapHook provides a consistent blueprint to follow while you’re jotting down your information. Each entry is assigned a category and then you can write additional information about that entry such as, “Cool Place Factor,” “Kid Friendly” and “Restroom Cleanliness.” Someone who reads it can comment on your Hook. What I like about this app, is that you can log on and get information quickly without having to read a lengthy review. Its mobile, useful and helpful. MapHook delivers!

With powerful privacy features, you can choose with whom to share your journal entry. You have five choices: Everyone, Co-Workers, Family, Friends or Me (with yourself for future use).

MapHook’s intrinsic sharing features makes this a great tool that can be used by virtually anyone. In addition to providing information about where you’ve been, you can attach Wikipedia articles and Yelp reviews to your Hook. I found the icons a little confusing, but once you use the app a few times, you will get the hang of which one does what. I also like that you can record sports scores of your child’s games.

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One important note is to select Yes to use your current location. If you don’t, you won’t be able to change it later. And the app reminds you that you can’t, over and over again. Another downside to the app is that since it’s relatively new, there isn’t a lot of tagged information out there. But in time, once this app and web site catch on, there will be a lot of faithful followers providing a detailed, mapped account of their recommendations. I found the communication from MapHook’s staff to be helpful and friendly.

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Nick Nebelsky

Nick Nebelsky is President of Ideation at Intense Media, an idea development company. He is also a freelance writer of mobile media.

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