Trendwatching.com says 2009 will be the year of mapping. Your phone, your GPS and your laptop all have excellent mapping capacity now.
Trendwatching points out the developments to watch in 2009:
Google Maps (they keep adding functionalities, so really explore for a few hours), Yahoo’s Fire Eagle and Nokia Maps. Then dive into the maps-meet-social networking by visiting (and trying out) services like Loopt, Brightkite and Plazes. Traditional brands will love the partnership opportunities with widget platform Whereand and friends-meet-reviews-meets-location platform Whrrl.
Then check out the numerous smaller — yet very B2C — sites and ‘mapplets.’ A few recent and totally random MAPMANIA examples as featured on our sister site Springwise: BreadCrumbz, SeeYourHotel, Ushahidi and Eatbite/NYC.
When is your newsroom going to start using GPS functions embedded in your stories? Will you deliver stories online with GPS maps so readers can see stories near where they live or where they are when they are reading the stories?