Yesterday I was browsing through "the art of looking sideways" and on the
first pages I bumped into a quote by Michel de Montaigne:
"I quote others only in order the better to express myself".
So here I point to Rachel Hinman's blog where she talks about the power
of place, to better express my thoughs on why Mapping Experiences.
My favorite topic on her text is: The web is great at things... not places
If we view the world as a series of nouns and categorize them into the three
basic noun-types of people, places and things; as web developers and designers,
we’ve spent the lion’s share of our focus on creating sites and systems that
help us understand ‘things’. Search, the most popular and one might even
argue the universal interface for the web, leverages our semantic (the words
or language we use to describe something) to find ‘things’. Books on Amazon,
a song on LastFm, a movie on BitTorrent, a pair of Hush Puppies on eBay –
‘things’ own the web. We’ve also devised clever ways to unlock the power of
things on the web with features like peer reviews, associated product
recommendations and price comparisons.
The web is undeniably great at things, and some might argue it’s pretty good
at people, too. While most lack the grace, subtlety and dimensionality of human
relationships, social networks have provided glimpses into how to begin to
grapple with the complexity of ‘people’ on the web. ‘Place’ is the web’s Achille’s
heel – at least on a PC – simply because information is locked in the PC context.
Restaurant reviews are tough to access unless you know the exact name or
address. Maps and bus schedules.