The Point of Mapping

When I think about what I want in a map on a blog, my needs are fairly basic: posts that have a location should show a map with an indicator where the post was made and if I'm unsure of the coordinates (a guarantee) , I should to be able to search and find it on a map.

If the location too new or uncommon, it may not show up. In that scenario finding the location on the map and selecting in manually isn't large ask.

While maps are a an important point of many posts:ย  that new coffee shop I checked in at, the location of that cool bridge in a photo I shared, or that time status I posted looking out the window of the shinkansen โ€“ they're not central or even wanted in most posts.

Sharing a thought, a checkin, or a photo is the point.

One day there might be public facing features where maps play a prominent role and are the point of a post. But until then the big maps will be reserved for when you're authoring a post and can use the extra space to pan and zoom, and on the public side, they'll be smaller and out of the way โ€“ they're not the point.