Google Maps has a function that shows you where you are. It has been less than optimal the last few times I tried it, showing as imprecise as just the city level.
Now they have improved it a lot, adding the plus code of where you are to the blue screen. Even better, if you don't have internet on, it will show a full format plus code, which works from just the GPS information (the same way I do it at https://whenwhere.cf), and when you have internet on, it shows the shorter code with a reference location. They also improved reference locations (they used to bug out in huge cities).
The shorter codes work just as well on https://whenwhere.cf. I really hope the usage of these codes and the general understanding of them will increase, as well as maybe the usage of geographical hashtags based on them.
If you want to increase social communication around you, you can use geographical hashtags right now:
- look up the long form of the Plus Code, e.g. through https://whenwhere.cf or https://plus.codes or offline apps, e.g. mapy.cz and OSMAnd support them too.
- take the first 6 digits
- put them after #geo, e.g. #geo9f46cv for North Amsterdam around the NDSM where this hashtag was already used in public
- show people they can talk about the region where you are using the hashtag of that region (about a village big)
- slowly start a revolution of free apps etc that can do local aware things and interoperate
I am really glad that this is finding broader use. I hope that they become a natural choice for communication location data, because it's a lot shorter and less ambiguous than writing out GPS coordinates, and better for privacy too, as you can just pad out any unnecessary precision.
Have a nice day!
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