Virtual Manhattan
January 11th, 2008

Who said video games were a waste of time?

Taking a cue from 3D games that create a virtual fantasy, a website called UpNext has created a virtual reality map of Manhattan. In a attempt to make searching the web more engaging, the site allows a user stroll around and “look” for what they need. When a building is clicked on, the businesses inside are displayed in a speech bubble. (via Borrow My Brain)

The site allows users to create a profile, save favorites and write reviews for locations on the map that others can see – if they choose to make them public. UpNext has also written a program for FaceBook, incorporating geography in the virtual social networking site. This way, if a user were looking at the FaceBook profile of somebody with similar tastes, they could view the places of interest that person has marked on the map.

The site was launched in July. The map takes a little while to load, and it is best viewed with the Safari web browser on a Mac. A lot of the information on businesses comes from LocalEze.

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2 Responses to “Virtual Manhattan”

  1. Gotham Gazette - The Wonkster » Blog Archive » Digital Manhattan Says:
    October 23rd, 2008 at 10:24 pm

    […] while back, we covered a similar map of Manhattan that is open to the public, called UpNext. That map can be plugged into […]

  2. Raymonde Cutburth Says:
    August 29th, 2013 at 8:06 pm

    I love the dress but know you would glance fab in both! I cannot believe almost everything in the store might be 1/2 off! WOW, wish I lived closer because I like The Limited.

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