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Platial, Inc.
Platial logo transparent.png
Type of business Private
Type of site
Social Computing
Available in English
Founded 2004
Headquarters Portland, Oregon, U.S.
Area served Worldwide
Founder(s) Di-Ann Eisnor, Jake Olsen, Jason Wilson
Key people Di-Ann Eisnor, cofounder and CEO
Jake Olsen, cofounder and CTO
Jason Wilson, cofounder and VP of Product
Industry Software
Products Mapmaker, Mapkit, Slider
Revenue Contextual Advertising
Slogan(s) the people's atlas
Alexa rank 166,472 (Retrieved on 2008-02-18)
Registration Optional
Launched 2004
Current status Dead

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). "Towards platial joins and buffers in place-based GIS". Proceedings of the 1st ACM SIGSPATIAL International Workshop on Computational Models of Place (COMP’2013). pp. 42–49. 

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