Thursday, March 24, 2011

We've got new forum!

As of Friday March 18th our forum has a bright new suit! Well, it's not just the outside that has been updated, but also the structure and the integration with Wikiloc.

One of the main new features of the forum is that now we've got different sub-forums for different languages. For now we have Spanish, English, French and Catalan as separate languages and and extra sub-forum for all the other questions in other languages. With this update, you can all post new questions and search for answers in your own language, and thus improve the chances of getting help out of the comments of other users.

We have also created a new GPS sub-forum. There were so many questions around how to use GPS, which one to buy or how to use GPS software to move back and forth tracks between devices and Wikiloc, that it made sense to create a separate area where to group all these questions.

Also mention that now, under each Wikiloc user's profile, there's a link which will take you to all the user's activity in the forum. A nice and easy way to quickly find possible answers on different topics for that user.

We'd like to thank and give credit of the authorship of the new forum template: Mike Lothar has done an excellent job on this simple, clean and effective template. Many thanks also to our friends at Panoramio, who showed us the way to go with this upgrade.

We hope you like the new forum and that you will contribute to make it THE place for all Wikiloc users where to find answers, help and even a place where to meet outside in the real world.

Wikiloc Channels

One of our goals at Wikiloc is to give more tools to businesses and organizations to help them grow by unleashing all the possibilities of the GPS track information they already have created.

Our first tool built with this goal in mind is Wikiloc Channels. A Channel is a special place in Wikiloc (call it a micro-site if you like) where all the tracks and photos of a single business, organization or touristic brand are grouped together. The Channel has an improved structure, design and many added features to create a professional looking place where to store your GPS related information and, more important, to build a community around it.

Some of the Channel features are:

  • Upload of GPS tracks, photos and videos

  • Look and feel customizable to adapt to the business needs (images, links, colors, etc)

  • Multi-language

  • Hability to add layers of points of interest to each track, including photos, descriptions, pdf documents, etc...

  • Hability to add tracks uploaded by other Wikiloc users

  • Social Media tools (facebook, twitter, etc)

  • Management of all the content and customizations through a CRM-style behind the scenes software

  • Software provided as SaaS

  • Traffic statistics

  • Free of advertisement (i.e. regular Wikiloc banners )

Wikiloc Channels are aimed at all kind of organizations wanting to grow their business through building a powerful repository of GPS tracks and sharing them with their clients and the Wikiloc global community. Let me give you a quick example. The Costa Brava and Pirineu de Girona is an organization managing one of the most turistic brands in Spain. They are now aiming at an international, sustainable and eco-conscious target who would come to visit Spain to enjoy the outdoors by doing all kinds of activities. By creating their Costa Brava Channel and providing all their local knowledge on trails and services around them they provide the potential tourists with all the information they need to get the most out of their stay. Moreover, they use the built-in social media tools to post updates about new routes and activities thus keeping their fans and followers up to date.

But this is just an example. Many other industries can benefit from a Wikiloc Channel: sports product brands, sport teams, athletes, small touristic/lodging/cultural businesses, etc.

More Channels are already in the pipeline to be launched in the upcoming months. We're excited about it!

Tuesday, March 08, 2011

Trails around Kilauea Volcano in Hawaii

A few years ago, when visiting the Hawaii Islands, I was hoping to see a sudden and spectacular volcano eruption in Big Island. Nothing serious or dangerous but just big enough to get a hint at the nature's power. Well, that didn't happen, but instead it just happened this past weekend. I'm quite far away from Hawaii now so I'll dream about what it may look like to be there through wikiloc's trails! So join me and check out this beautiful track below in the Volcanoes National Park uploaded by andre123.

There are many other trails and pictures around the area of the Kilauea Volcano in Hawaii. Check them all out!

Picture courtesy of the U.S. Geological Survey

Monday, March 07, 2011

New icon and 6M pageviews

The number of sports one can practice has grown in an unbelievable way for the last few decades. Sports which were inexistant just a few years ago are now booming around the planet. This means more work for us in adding all those activities in Wikiloc! We'll be adding many more activities in the upcoming weeks, but for now we have added one which was a long time request by users: trail running. The icon is already available to choose from the list when you create a new (or edit an old) trail. Make sure you update your old runs!

On a side note, we also wanted to share with Wikiloc's users that this past month we reached another milestone: the number of monthly page views went beyond the mark of 6 million. We can just thank you all again for choosing Wikiloc to share your adventures around the world!