Map Tales is a free tool that allows users to “easily create and share map-based stories.” The best part? Those stories can then be embedded on people’s websites – and into Rock Content liveblogs.
“Journalists, teachers, bloggers and storytellers (to name a few) use Map Tales to chronicle news events, scrapbook holidays, describe walks, plan campaigns, illustrate literature, recount journeys, and bring historical events to life,” the Map Tales website says.
And I can see why.
The tool has been used to chronicle many types of stories, from “The Odyssey” to “Public Lettering in Central London.” Each step of a journey is shown with a pinpoint on a map and the story below. The story can include text and photos (use an <img> tag to include a picture).
I’ve created my own short Map Tale, chronicling the story of Hugo Chávez. I’ve included it in a liveblog below, to show you how it can be a part of interactive content that brings together elements from around the world.
As you can see, it’s a really simple tool. It’s easy to use, easy to create. No real bells nor whistles, and the Twitter account is a little slow. That said, Map Tales are a quick way to add a little something extra to the event, giving people a visual idea of places in your story.