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Wikia Debuts New Interactive, Embeddable Maps

by david.nunes

Wikia Debuts New Interactive, Embeddable Maps

– Fans Everywhere can Collaboratively “Fannotate” Stories, Games and Images

SAN FRANCISCO, July 22, 2014 – Wikia, the social universe of fandom and the ultimate source for powerful and relevant pop culture expertise, today announces the debut of Wikia Maps, a product designed to enhance Wikia’s collaborative chronicles for fans, by fans. Wikia’s fan insider group, Community Council, has been able to beta test Wikia Maps until today when the product becomes widely available at maps.wikia.com.

Uniquely designed to map game play as well as concert posters, body armor, characters or runway fashion, Wikia Maps fuel fans’ creative expression with fully-customizable, image-based, interactive maps that anyone can create or contribute to on the Wikia platform. Maps will be available to view on each Wikia site and across mobile devices, with increased mobile editing functionality to be introduced in coming months.

“The possibilities are endless for fans to explore the subjects they love with Wikia Maps,” said Owen Adams, Vice President of Product for Wikia. “Fans can collaborate on guild strategy as much as they can apply context to a runway fashion image.”

A simple and easy mapping tool, the author can use real-world places, images, or favorite fictional universes to chronicle, share, and thread information across the web. It is built on collective knowledge and learning, connecting creative expression within and across Wikia communities. Map pins can be customized in look and feel and they can be categorized. Each pin can be click-able to a reference page across Wikia’s 34M pages of fan-authored content and fans can embed a map on any Wikia and across the web, making it easy to share favorite stories, characters, or game play with the world.

Inspired by the prevalence of map-based stories in pop culture, from the Game of Thrones to Middle-Earth, fans are seeking ways to extend their passions with the creation of ad hoc interactive maps like the one shown here on elderscrolls.wikia.com

About Wikia:

Wikia, the social universe for fans, by fans, is the home for social fandom and the ultimate source for powerful and relevant pop culture, entertainment and gaming expertise. It is the definitive place for people to contribute to the assembly of original bodies of multi-media content around subjects they know and love. Using Wikia, anyone can form new communities around any subject or participate in over 350,000 existing communities by reading or contributing new content. With over 30 million pages of rich content, Wikia’s communities are the most authoritative information about any topic on the Internet. Wikia’s video game vertical (games.wikia.com) is a leading video-game focused information hub on the Web. Wikia’s recently expanded entertainment verticals (movies.wikia.com, tv.wikia.com, books.wikia.com and music.wikia.com) collectively represent the fastest growing U.S. entertainment destination around the world. Lifestyle.wikia.com boasts over 75,000 communities chronicling fashion, food and technology.

Launched in 2006 by founder Jimmy Wales, Wikia attracts more than 120 million global unique visitors per month and is ranked a Quantcast Top 25 and comScore Top 80 Internet site, as well as a Nielsen Top 10 social network. www.wikia.com or @wikia

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