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Place Spotting ― Try to solve this Google map quiz. In the upper part of the page you see a satellite picture. Drag and zoom the map in the lower part of the page until it shows the same location as the upper map. Here's how.
posted by netbros (32 comments total) 14 users marked this as a favorite

 
fun!

mefites, start your compasses!
posted by Rumple at 10:23 PM on August 16, 2008


I assume that my picture was not meant to have the name of the city in the bottom right corner of it..... made it much easier though!
posted by kjs4 at 10:43 PM on August 16, 2008


Love this. Thanks netbros! Fun!
posted by nickyskye at 10:57 PM on August 16, 2008


Fun, but did not work in FF3 on a PC for me. Worked fine in IE. (I'll go take a shower now.)
posted by maxwelton at 11:10 PM on August 16, 2008


This is really hard to get into if you don't spot something familiar right away. Here's an easier one that I did.
posted by kyleg at 11:16 PM on August 16, 2008


Wrigley!

Back atchya

posted by Rumple at 11:45 PM on August 16, 2008


Here's my contribution.
posted by yort at 1:49 AM on August 17, 2008


funny thing I had noticed before that trying to find where you were on a random google map was a pretty fun activity. kudos to the peeps for the execution
posted by yort at 1:51 AM on August 17, 2008


another
more
Find this bridge
another
and goodnight
posted by yort at 2:18 AM on August 17, 2008


can't stop
help me
posted by yort at 2:50 AM on August 17, 2008


Am I the only one who thinks this is a great idea, poorly executed?
posted by alby at 3:11 AM on August 17, 2008


Alby, I don't know about poorly, but it could probably be better.

(Also, if your referrers are disabled, you can't see the top map. I am generally incompetent.)
posted by maxwelton at 4:26 AM on August 17, 2008


Am I the only one who thinks this is a great idea, poorly executed?

Could you expand on why you think it's poorly executed? I don't see any obvious problems, and it's a lot of fun.
posted by languagehat at 7:05 AM on August 17, 2008


"Message from the craetor of this quiz:"

Fun, though. Thanks!
posted by graventy at 7:31 AM on August 17, 2008


It can't just be me who think's it more fun making these maps than solving them, right?

Hunt the Capitol
Tarmac Tangle
They've finished building this now
I've already admitted on MeFi that this building scared me...
posted by twine42 at 8:04 AM on August 17, 2008


My placespotting.com quiz
posted by smcniven at 8:33 AM on August 17, 2008


Holy crap, I just put an apostrophe in "think's"...
posted by twine42 at 9:12 AM on August 17, 2008


well, the german hints certainly make it a bit more tricky
posted by figTree at 9:33 AM on August 17, 2008


A Cathedral
It might look like a nipple, but titter ye not
People swim in that?
An old abbey
posted by twine42 at 9:38 AM on August 17, 2008


twine42: got the Cathedral!
posted by smcniven at 9:43 AM on August 17, 2008


My own addition
posted by Kickstart70 at 10:08 AM on August 17, 2008


They live to the age of 84, apparently...
Please tell me the main road doesn't really cross the runway
The fastest ever Concorde hit Mach 2.23
The golfballs were 84ft in diameter. The fairway reached all the way to Moscow...
posted by twine42 at 10:32 AM on August 17, 2008


Could you expand on why you think it's poorly executed? I don't see any obvious problems, and it's a lot of fun.

Available Hints should be vended one at a time.

Needs a bigger, rounder, weightier font to make it less busy, more social-sitey.

overall page layout is . . . poor.
posted by yort at 11:40 AM on August 17, 2008


Sorry, totally messed up the tags
Dewey's on floors 6-9
Stone guards with something to hide
... which helps you find the shade ...
posted by l33tpolicywonk at 12:15 PM on August 17, 2008


This is kind of addicting.

Thanks, netbros!
posted by readery at 3:47 PM on August 17, 2008


Okay... I'm back from the pub with more links...

Hello Arthur
There's quite a queue
But at least they can get channel five now
Her French sister is more famous

I have a nasty feeling I'll be doing this for months. It's annoying that they don't let you log in and give you some degree of ownership over your maps. Nevermind...
posted by twine42 at 4:35 PM on August 17, 2008


Hopefully the craetor of the site is reading this thread and might consider some of the enhancement requests.
posted by netbros at 4:56 PM on August 17, 2008


Lizzies back yard
Going underground
Another bridge
A future F1 circuit...?
...and an old one
Have a heart guvnor

I think I'm the only one still reading this thread... :)
posted by twine42 at 5:08 AM on August 18, 2008


nah, I've been having fun making them, also solving them.

I am making a series of
cathedrals
archaeology sites....

Yes, being able to "take ownership" a little would be a big help, also, to access some way of figuring out the more obscure ones!
posted by Rumple at 6:17 PM on August 18, 2008


Hi everybody

@netbros / twine42: Yes I am the creator of the game and I read this thread. Thanks for all your positive feedback it definitely encourages me to improve the site. Most of your suggestions are really good ideas and I will try to include some of them in the next version. But placeSpotting is for me "only" a hobby and so it may take some time... Sorry!

I hope you go on using my site and it would be cool if you tell your friends. For a non-professional site as placeSpotting.com is, it is not that easy to get new users.
posted by mafussen at 10:00 PM on August 18, 2008 [1 favorite]


mafussen : Welcome to Mefi!

The big one for me would be letting people log in so that they can track the puzzles they've created and how well they've done in answering other people's puzzles.

After that, it would be cool to be able to choose the language of hints without going through the search page - a drop down on the front page, for example.

I'm already telling people about the site as I find it strangely addictive! :)
posted by twine42 at 1:02 AM on August 19, 2008


ich bin ein berlinner.
posted by BrotherCaine at 3:56 AM on August 19, 2008


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