According to multiple studies, social media can negatively impact users’ well-being. A 2018 BBC article stated that social media displacing face-to-face interactions in a person’s life could make a person feel excluded and disconnected. However, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, social distancing has cemented these technologies as the new norm for communication. They are ultimately narrowing everyone’s sense of social connection.
However, most social media apps and platforms still focus on increasing online user activity and screen time. YouMap, on the other hand, chose differently. This new social media map app was created precisely to help enhance users’ experience of exploring their world, communities, and interests away from their screens.
An App to Explore the World Around You
The idea of creating a social mapping app came to founder Stephen Constantine while thinking of a safer and more efficient way for people to come together for various interests and causes. YouMap was built from a desire to create a platform that helps users stay informed and gather to build communities.
The dashboard showcases a map view of the user’s vicinity with bubble shapes emojis sorted by importance and urgency of the event or location. The app’s dashboard also contains additional details the user wishes to share, allowing them to post more comprehensive information about places and events.
“We designed the YouMap not just to cultivate virtual interactions. YouMap is a mapping-type social media app that can be used to share experiences and events. We hope our app will allow people to engage once again with their communities and create experiences in the real world. It may seem ironic, but we made this online platform to create more engagement with your world offline.”, says Stephen Constantine.
YouMap’s design encourages users with similar interests to share their experiences and explore their worlds with a like-minded community. Users can make their maps or posts, follow maps by other YouMap users, and discover new maps based on what they want to see. They can select and follow topics they are interested in to curate their dashboard content.
On top of these unique features, YouMap also enabled group administrations and exportable embedding for maps. The maps created through YouMap are shareable, exportable, and embeddable to any website. Maps can also be managed by multiple accounts through administrator permissions. It provides an easier solution for businesses and organizations to add interactive maps with multiple location points to their website content.
Social Media + Mapping = Better Function
Multiple award-giving bodies have lauded this innovative functional design. YouMap won Best Visual Design – Function People’s Voice Winner for the apps and software category at the 26th Annual Webby Awards.
“YouMap has set the standard for innovation and creativity on the Internet,” said Claire Graves, Executive Director of The Webby Awards. “This award is a testament to the skill, ingenuity, and vision of its creators.”
In April 2022, YouMap also won A’Mobile Technologies, Applications and Software Design Award from A’Design Award. An award that recognizes the best products, projects, and services worldwide that demonstrate superior design, technology, and creativity.
“Moving forward, we plan to focus on growing our user base and continuing to build innovative digital experiences. We hope to give communities and the next generation of leaders a better way to map their human story and experience their world,” said Stephen Constantinedes.
YouMap is currently available for IOS mobile devices and is being developed for browser accessibility. Interested in exploring this app? Download YouMap from the Apple App Store!