I heard about TripLine just this week and haven’t had a real chance to play with it much yet. But the samples and basic idea seem very cool. It’s a timeline slash history paper slash multimedia presentation all built on top of Google Maps. The completed projects work on mobile devices and there is a handy iPad/iPod app to go with it. Social media sharing tools are built in and it looks pretty simple to use. It’s digital storytelling made easy!
At its most basic level, Tripline is a way for you to communicate by putting places on a map. That’s a very human activity that has been happening for thousands of years. It’s also a way for you to easily ask and answer questions about your favorite places and topics and the best way to tell your travel stories. And just like in the movies, the Tripline player gives you an animated line moving across the map with a soundtrack. That’s appropriate, because our journeys are our own epic tales of discovery and adventure.
If you like history, you could use Tripline to create The Midnight Ride of Paul Revere or Lewis & Clark’s Journey. If you’re into current events, you could create The Inauguration of Barack Obama or Capt. Chelsey Sullenberger’s famous Flight of US Air 1549. When we first started, I was amazed that map-based visuals of events like these were so difficult to find online. I think now that Tripline exists, that sort of map-based content will have a home. And the possibilities are endless: author and band tours, charity walks and rides, culinary adventures, fictional trips from books and movies, sporting events, scientific expeditions, etc.