April 01, 2007

Siteseeing - 5

http://www.world66.com/

World66 is a wiki-like site where content is completely user-generated. I say “wiki-like,” because you don’t have to know a lot of weird wiki mark-up language. How does it stack up against other user-driven travel guides? Pretty decently. The format is clean and well-structured and the user-interface make it simple and very quick to start new sections, based on what’s available already, or add to existing sections, through a quick set of menu choices via links and pull-down menus. How quick? It took me all of three minutes to add a new location (a very sketchy entry, admittedly) and add a section to another location. And that’s without even bothering to create a User ID, which you’d need to do if you’d like your edits to be credited. What this translates to for the casual reader or holiday-maker researching the options is a site that presents information in a clean, no-nonsense format, one that lets you spot instantly whether a place is covered in any level of detail. It also features an Accommodations section, a tie-up with an online provider, where you can make bookings, and a My World66 section, for registered members, with a few doodads for the quasi-geek ones among ye to play around with.

Published in Outlook Traveller, April 2007.

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