When I started this discussion on PlaceSmart Search and PlaceID back in May, there was a list of topics and issues I wanted to cover, but no clear vision on how to finish the series. As a start, here is a quick recap of the discussion:
You can certainly link back and read the detailed discussions in prior posts about these issues and concepts, but this is the gist of it… The world’s information is currently not organized for location-based search, and Maps with GeoTags are not the solution.
So how is this situation going to change?
There are just too many local media players and content sources for Google, Yahoo!, Microsoft, AOL or IAC to buy them all, in order to create and geotag a critical mass of local content.
What is the event, or set of conditions that is going to trigger a stampede of businesses wanting to advertise their “places of business” in local search sites or location-enabled portals, or wireless applications?
If the formula for monetizing local search is: Content + Location Context + Great Search Experience + Traffic = $$, how do we get all the content organized, based on location context, to prime the money pump?
In both Web 1.0 and Web 2.0 it was millions of users at the edge of the Internet, initially publishing web sites and then generating content that enabled Google, Yahoo!, Wikipedia, YouTube and Facebook to create a destination site, and ultimately generate traffic. I believe that this is how the local content – location context conundrum will get resolved as well.
For our contribution, we have decided to offer our patented PlaceID to users, web developers and application partners, for free, as a web service. This will provide a universal reference system for places, available to all, for use as a tag on content or a key in search indexes… it could take mashups, and local content syndication to a whole new level. It will enable the users of the web to remix and organize web content, around the paradigm of place. If you think about it… they have already done this many times before, with content linked to URLs or “virtual places in the web“.
Our mission is to create the world’s first database of places, and use Common Ground(r) to organize a world of information about these places, to enhance map-based and location-enabled applications with PlaceSmart Search(tm).
Simply put, Cquay offers… The magic behind the map!