Today is a sad day for me and many other mapping geeks that tinker with online mapping and connecting people through it. Platial is going offline. I have been a huge fan of Platial project and Di-Ann and the team from the very beginning.
I was still at Microsoft, with the Virtual Earth team, when they launched the service and I had the opportunity to share my thoughts with Annalee from Wired on their launch; my thoughts haven’t changed much since then – just like rest of the mapping community, I’m still very excited and optimistic about mixing local and social.
Platial team was truly on the forefront of the local-social experiments online and I’m sure we will see many many more from their team in future!