Wouldn’t it be nice to learn more about your area during a brisk walk, a bike ride, a walk around town, or even while sitting on your couch? Of course it would. And with What’s Near Me?, that’s exactly what you can do.
How to use What’s Near Me? to find nearby places with Wikipedia pages
What is near me? is one of those simple yet genuinely useful sites you wish you had found sooner. It’s basically a Google Map overlaid with links to a large number of location-specific Wikipedia articles, which helps make Wikipedia even better.
When you land on the site, you will find yourself in Portland, OR, of all places. The site does not store your location information, so it cannot automatically determine where you are. This means you’ll have to zoom out and then zoom out to the place you want to explore. The whole planet is up for grabs.
As you zoom in, you’ll see images appear which, when clicked, will show you some initial data, such as the title of the article, its corresponding image, and a link to the full Wikipedia entry.
Maybe, like me, you’ll find yourself down a local rabbit hole learning the etymology of your town’s name, discovering lost country homes, and discovering that huge conglomerates own more of your city than you thought. Moments of pleasure.
If you find a particularly interesting section of the map, click on the share link and send the map to your nearby friends.
By the way, the site is more pleasant to use on a smartphone, but it also works quite well on a desktop computer.
As you can imagine, it’s easy to waste a lot of time on What’s Near Me?, but it’s worth it. You will discover a lot of information that will be very different from the local information offered on Google Maps.
Since What is near me? is mobile-friendly, perfect for accessing it via your smartphone when you’re on the go. And since it can retrieve your location, you can use it wherever you go.
However, this site is not the only one to be better on mobile. The Wikipedia app offers many advantages over the website.
9 reasons why you should use the Wikipedia app instead of the website
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