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Platial, Inc.
Platial logo transparent.png
Type of businessPrivate
Type of site
Social Computing
Available inEnglish
Area servedWorldwide
Founder(s)Di-Ann Eisnor, Jake Olsen, Jason Wilson
Key peopleDi-Ann Eisnor, cofounder and CEO
Jake Olsen, cofounder and CTO
Jason Wilson, cofounder and VP of Product
ProductsMapmaker, Mapkit, Slider
RevenueContextual Advertising
Alexa rank166,472 (Retrieved on 2008-02-18)
Current statusDead

Platial was a collaborative, user generated, cartographic website. It was founded in 2004 by Di-Ann Eisnor, Jake Olsen, and Jason Wilson. Platial, Inc. was headquartered in Portland, Oregon.

Platial was used by hundreds of thousands of people[1] globally to share and associate relevant content with geographic places of interest. Platial claims 25% of the web's map widgets,[2] used on over 10,000 sites.[3]

On October 18, 2007, Platial acquired Frappr!, another social mapping website, increasing its total user-generated locations to more than 100 million.[2]

On February 27, 2010 Platial announced[4] that the service would be closing down within a few days.

In the Geographic Information Science literature, the concept of 'platial' refers to place-based studies in parallel with the use of 'spatial' for space-based (coordinate-system oriented) studies.[5]


  1. ^ "About -". Platial, Inc. Archived from the original on 2007-10-26. Retrieved 2008-02-18.
  2. ^ a b Michael Arrington (2007-10-18). "Social Mapping: Game Not Over Yet". TechCrunch. Retrieved 2008-02-18.
  3. ^ Aliza Earnshaw (2007-03-16). "Platial map quest". Portland Business Journal. Bizjournals. Retrieved 2008-02-18.
  4. ^ "Geographic Euthanasia: The End of Platial As We Know It (Platial News and Neogeography)".
  5. ^ Gao, S.; Janowicz, K.; McKenzie, G.; & Li, L. (2013). Proceedings of the First ACM SIGSPATIAL International Workshop on Computational Models of Place - COMP '13. Proceedings of the 1st ACM SIGSPATIAL International Workshop on Computational Models of Place (COMP’2013). pp. 42–49. doi:10.1145/2534848.2534856. ISBN 9781450325356.

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