GlobalMotion is showing up rather late to the party to create a wiki company for real-world places.
You can think of the Palo Alto, Calif. company as a sort of Wikipedia for places, but driven by users uploading photos that are geotagged, who then draw markings around maps and add articles.
For example, a person migt upload a picture of the Old Faithful geyser at Yellowstone Park. Globalmotion integrates a map, a rating system and other features to create a single page for that place.
The company follows a host of similar companies and efforts. There’s Platial, Google Mymaps and Wikimapia.org, for example, all focused around maps and self-expression around places. And there are already entries at Wikipedia for well-known places (see Old Faithful’s entry).
GlobalMotion was started by Joost Schreve, a travel enthusiast, after raising a couple of hundred thousand dollars in angel money, and he’s pondering raising a round of up to $1 million. The site launched Tuesday in partnership with another site launched by Schreve, EveryTrail, which offers a way to upload location-tagged (GPS) photos. He says he hope to be profitable by later this year.