Military Families Use Virtual Pin Map to Stay Connected

Share Article is a Virtual Pin Map used by people who travel for work or fun. Popularity among members of the Armed Forces has increased tremendously in recent weeks as users mark duty stations and base assignments. The social element of encourages users to connect with other people who have been in the same location, often resulting in old friends reconnecting with one another after having lost touch. is a new web app that builds upon the paper wall map and pin idea of marking locations where people live, work, or visit. "Push Pin" maps have been used for decades not only out of interest and fun but for understanding and managing geographical relationships necessary for business. The possibilities for use of an online virtual pin map are practically endless.

In the home, wall maps are used to represent a visual display of places that a person or family has lived and traveled. In particular military families, who often find themselves in various parts of the country, if not the world, may use it to visually document those travels. provides the virtual recording of that history and brings it to life by including a social interaction element. Whenever a user places a pin on their individual map, the other pins that have been placed nearby are immediately presented to the user. This feature offers an opportunity to the user to interact with others who shared a similar experience. Privacy is protected and controlled by individual users and in order to obtain the identity of the ‘nearby’ users, people must request to LINK with one another.

“I’ve always loved maps and my parents were in the Army so we moved around a lot,” states Co-Founder and CEO Leslyn Kantner. “It’s interesting to me to see all the places we’ve been pinned on a map but more importantly, I have lost track of so many of the people that I’ve met along the way,” she adds. offers the potential for her to reconnect with old friends if and when they add pins in the same locations. “ is still small but we are adding users every day. The more people who hear about us, and begin building their own maps, the better the odds become that I will be reintroduced to some of those connections,” says Kantner. Families and frequent travelers are not the only ones using wall maps and push pins. Businesses track customers, locations, and sales reps; salespeople track prospects; musicians track venues; artists and crafters track shows and fairs; groups track members; motor clubs track routes; and the list goes on.

Owners of a vacation rental property in New Zealand recently created an account to visually represent all of the locations their guests have come from. “The team has tried to stay open minded about how people will use their maps and create as much flexibility as possible,” claims Kantner “we continue to be amazed at the variety of uses and will persist in our efforts to build upon the product to maximize functionality,” she adds. According to the Team, a number of new features are on the docket to be released over the next couple of months, many of them suggested by early adopters of the application.

About: is a virtual pin map that is social! It was born from an innate curiosity of the interwoven universe in which we reside; the serendipitous nature of our lives, a life time of memories, and a desire to see it in a visual format. CEO Leslyn Kantner coupled a great idea with a lifetime of entrepreneurial spirit and developed a dynamic team to develop and build what is now the only geo-location web application that emphasizes 'people'. The site went live quietly in November of 2011 and continues to expand based on user needs and recommendations.

# # #

Share article on social media or email:

View article via:

Pdf Print

Contact Author

Leslyn Kantner
Email >
Visit website