On February 28th, 2012 I (yesterday), I posted a blog titled “2012 -The Year of OpenStreetMap”.
In the post I said that “the next “big” mapping application that hits the market will be have an OSM back-end.” Well, well, well, talk about timing. Today, FourSquare announced that they will be switching to OSM for their mapping back-end using MapBox. Pretty cool.
If you get a minute take a gander at the comments in the FourSquare blog post. There is a mixed reaction to the switch, which I can understand. There are also a number of really good suggestions that FourSquare could take a look at too. Just like when any social network incorporates a design change there will be some push back from the users. But, with time the OSM footprint will improve, as the community will grow, mature, and produce better maps. People seem to forget that early on Google Maps wasn’t perfect and had data gaps as well. FourSquare would be smart to somehow encourage OSM mapping parties and promote what is now being called the OpenStreetMap movement!
February 28, 2012. You heard it here first. 2012 – The Year of OpenStreetMap. What will be next!