Geospike- The Modern Travel Journal, In An App
Geospike 2.0 has now gone live! But what is it? Geospike is the modern-day travel journal for phones, a combined travel-social media app.
Whether you're traveling around the world or exploring your own neighborhood, this social media app is the perfect way for capturing and sharing your travels. It allows you to instantly record your location and attach photographs, making what we call a spike. There are no predefined check-in locations, giving you the freedom to truly personalise your journey (even if you are the Eiffel tower's one millionth visitor for the year). And it's FREE!
Your spikes are easily viewable on your profile and can be organised into trips with a few taps of your finger. We've seen some amazing trips take place on Geospike, from trans-American bike trips to a thorough exploration of little European towns from intrepid explorers. All of these spikes and journey can be viewed in Geospike's global feed, the collection of all the public spikes from across the world. The global feed can be viewed here.
Syndication to the major social media sites is a completely integrated and simple process. The best part? You don't need an Internet connection to spike. Turn your cellular data off and the app will wait until you reach the next Internet hotspot, saving you from the scourges of data roam charges. With a growing community that has collectively travelled the distance of 326 times around the Earth, there's plenty of travel inspiration to browse.
Here's some of the features of the new IOS update.
New User Profile Layout
There is now a travel map on each user profile that shows an overview of all the user's spikes across the world. In addition to this, there's also now two counters for spikes and trips.
We've also included links to spikes you've liked and people you're following. This aims to give you easy access to the spikes and people you've interacted with before.
We're introducing a new unit of measurement unique to Geospike, called "geosteps". Basically, 1000 geosteps is equivalent to traveling once around the world. We're using it to tally up how far everyone has traveled on Geospike, and it makes it easier for you to get an idea of how far you've traveled (and boast about it). Through his travels in America, Asia and Australia, Paludis (pictured to the left) has 2498 geosteps, meaning he has traveled an equivalent of two and a half times around the world.
New Global Feeds
The Global Timeline is now viewable in three ways: Popular, Fresh, and Awesome.
Popular spikes are the spikes that have been interacted with most by the community, either by likes or comments.
Fresh spikes are simply the newest spikes added to the public timeline. Do you wonder what people are doing on their travels around the world, while you're sitting on the bus home? You can now find out…
Awesome spikes are handpicked by the Geospike team. These are truly some inspirational spikes, capturing amazing experiances from around the world.
New Trip Profile
The major new feature for trips is the nice map overview of your trip. Along the bottom is also a handy collection of trip statistics: number of spikes, number of photos and distance covered. Up the top right you can also see the green ‘Share' button. You can also now share an entire trip to Facebook or Twitter in a streamlined process.
Spike Layout Overhauled
The major change for the spike view is that the primary photo is now shown dynamically so that landscape photos (including wide panoramas) are fully displayed, and portrait photos are shown almost at their full size (unlike previously where portrait photos were quite cropped).
The rest of the photos are now displayed in a grid similar to the feed gallery view with larger thumbnails, so that you can see all of your photos in more detail at a glance.
As for making spikes, to reduce confusion and time taken to add photos to a spike, we've redone the ‘Add Photo' button. It should now be clearer and simpler to either add a photo from your photo library or use the camera to take one.