Geojoey: super-charged travel experience

Geojoey is the best travel experience site I have ever come across. The speed with which you can browse, view, and learn from people’s travel experience is just amazing. Before I got ahead with more details about the site, I want to mention that the complete site is developed by just 2 people based out of Seattle – Mark Maunder and his wife Kerry Boyte. Mark and Kerry have till date launched 4 startups including Workzoo which was bought by Jobster last year.

Geojoey, like Netvibes, is a ajaxy web application consisting of just one page. When you bring up Geojoey, it maps the newest travel experiences add by the users onto Google Maps in the left pane, and experience details on the right. After that when you move your mouse over any of vote-bubbles, experience details instantly get refreshed on the right pane. And if you move your mouse over any travel experience on the right, icon on the map belonging to that experience will move that helps you easily locate the position on map. Once you have registered at Geojoey you can vote, comment, digg, reddit, and add the URL for the travel experience to your account. You can also filter your results either in the local or the global view and view experiences that are most popular, most discussed, ……..

If you want to search at Geojoey you can perform the regular address search or you do a landmark(like historic, monument,…) search by country. Geojoey has an impressive landmark search engine with and index over 8 million landmarks worldwide. Geojoey also provides a tag cloud that shows tags related to your current map view and enables you to quickly filter down results by your interest.

Geojoey enables users to add their use experiences. Along with the regular information that you can add about your travel experience, you can upload photos using the ajax in-page photo upload tool, and upload videos via Youtube. To better capture the travel experience, Geojoey has developed technology to enable freehand drawing onto the Google Maps. And if you are a GPS user, you can import your GPS track instead of drawing on the map.

You can make geofriends easily by inviting other Geojoey users or sending email invites. Sending invite to Gmail or Hotmail or AOL users looks basic but is very effective. All you need to do is copy and paste the contacts from your email account onto a text area in Geojoey and it automatically extracts all the email addresses for you. After that you can choose whom all you want to invite or delete.

In my talk with Mark he mentioned that on average people have been spending 10+ minutes on the site and some even spend 2 hours browsing and adding experiences. They also been experiencing increased user signup rate as the word is spreading around. I think Geojoey can certainly shake things up in the web travel experience world.



5 Responses to “Geojoey: super-charged travel experience”

  1. StartupSquad » Blog Archive » Platial and Eons get funded Says:

    […] Geojoey is another startup that maps your travel experiences in an interesting way. […]

  2. StartupSquad » Blog Archive » Google Maps Mashups now for everyone Says:

    […] Google knows that it really has to push the Google Maps platform to maintain the lead in the space it turned upside down more than two years back. Google’s launch of a new service named MyMaps just confirms that part. MyMaps enables novice users annotate and mark locations on Google Maps using notes, their video and their photos, and then share them with friends or public. For comparison purposes MyMaps would be more of a mashup board that lot of other startups like Geojoey(actually Geojoey offers much more than just annotation) and Platial have been offering for sometime now. This new release of Google Maps also integrated with Google Earth, where you can grab the KML of the custom map. After trying out the service for few minutes now, i think the feature set is good enough to start with, but the app on the whole misses out on the social sharing side of things. Public user-created maps might showup in the search results, but giving MyMaps its own homepage for everyone to view and discuss about might be the right thing to do. Also your maps in MyMaps are pretty much stuck out there that can be shared only via the emailing the URL. I think being able to widgetize and embed the maps would take them to more places. […]

  3. MyMaps: Google Map Mashups for Everyone Says:

    […] Great, but by doing so, Google threw startups like Geojoey and Platial out of business. I think MyMaps could be improved by adding some social elements like comments along with an option to build the maps collaboratively. […]

  4. StartupSquad » Blog Archive » LineBuzz inline comments set for viral adoption Says:

    […] Since the cat is out of the bag, let’s talk about it. Couple of weeks back, I got time to hookup with Mark Maunder from Geojoey, who along with his wife Kerry, are always upto developing some really cool apps. While traffic at Geojoey is taking it’s time to pickup, both of them have been working on a smart new app – LineBuzz.  […]

  5. StartupSquad » Blog Archive » FEEDJIT shows your blog traffic live! Says:

    […] Mark Mauder and team, who have previously launched few successful as well as unsuccessful apps webapps, including Geojoey &  Linebuzz are at it again. Fresh out of the code depot is FEEDJIT that shows arrivals and departures on any page on your website. Idea is to track referrers and clicks on external links. In some ways you compare it to MyBlogLog widget that tries to build network around your readers. […]

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