Perhaps you think parking is a problem at a local school. Maybe you have an idea for a shop or service near to you. It might simply be that you want to find good suggestions for dog walks or play areas. With Geovey you can do all of this and more, it's simple to use and FREE.
Geovey allows you to create "Talking Points" these are markers on the map that highlight the area of interest and draw attention to those you want to talk to.
All you have to do is identify an area, mark it on a map and invite people to contribute with either their comments or ideas. If you want to take things further, Geovey makes it very easy for you to send the idea and its feedback to the right people to help make it a reality.
Think of Geovey as a map, a sketch of your idea and a campaign - all rolled into one.
The site is absolutely free to use and you’re welcome to experiment with your ideas – up until you click "Make LIVE" no-one else will see what you’re doing.
Once you’ve published your idea, you'll need to share it with people to get the support it needs. We’ve made that very easy for you and we’ve created some helpful tools to promote your Talking Point to people you know on social media and in your community.
If you’d like to see how others are already using Geovey, you can explore the service by selecting ‘Browse’. However, if you’d like to see how easy it is to create a Talking Point, we’ll guide you through the process step-by-step below.
Let’s start by selecting ‘Create’. The first thing you’ll need to do is to create an account. It’s a really quick process, especially if you sign in with a social media account:
Once you’ve done that, select what type of Talking Point you’d like to create. There are 3 types but for the purposes of guiding you through the process, we’ll show you how to ask a question:
Now you need to choose your location. You can either search for a specific location (using either a placename or a postcode) or find it by moving the map about and zooming to your desired magnification. Then confirm your location selection.
You’ll now be asked to add a marker to the map. This simply identifies your Talking Point on the other map for others to see - but only once it’s published:
Tap (or click) on the icon to begin, then tap on the map to place your marker:
Give your Talking Point a title. This will be what other users see in the search results, so it’s a good idea to try and neatly summarise the subject of your Talking Point.
Next, you’ll be asked to label the location. If you know the location locally by a specific name, use that - or else pick a suggestion from the list:
Now it’s time to write the question itself. Remember to both summarise the issue and pose it as a question as the finished Talking Point will allow people to respond by pressing either the ‘agree’ or ‘disagree’ buttons.
You will need to set a time period for your Talking Point to be ‘active’. On this date, the Talking Point will automatically close and people will no longer be able to contribute to it. If you’re unsure, just leave the date as it is. By default, it will be open for a month from the date of its creation.
Now you have the option to add both simple drawings and notes to the map. This works in much the same way as ‘adding a marker’ did when you created the Talking Point. This feature is entirely optional, so if you don’t feel it's necessary then you can skip past this bit.
To add a drawing, click on the icon and then tap on points around a specific area on the map. This will create a shape. Every time you tap you will create a point. To complete the shape, connect the points together. You can also complete the shape by double-tapping.
Don’t worry if you don’t get it right the first time, you can always delete what you’ve done by selecting ‘delete’ (located above the ‘next’ button) and starting again.
To add a note, click on the icon and then tap/place the note marker on the map where the note should go. You will then be asked to fill in your note.
Adding a photo/image can help people visualise either the specific location or the problem (or idea) that you’re trying to describe. Just click the blue button to launch your device’s native image selection. Again, this section is entirely optional.
If you’d like people to add comments (as well as responding with ‘agree’ or ‘disagree)’, then select this option. This will add a form beneath your Talking Points which will allow people to discuss the subject further.
If you’re creating your first Talking Point, you will be asked whether you are an individual or representing a company. This just allows us some idea of who is using Geovey. Then, you will be able to publish your Talking Point.
If you don’t feel like publishing your Talking Point just yet, you can always come back to it at a later time by logging in to Geovey and selecting ‘My Geovey’ in the menu (at the top right of the screen).
Congratulations, you’ve created your first Talking Point. Feel free to explore the site, have a look at what other people are talking about and respond to their thoughts and ideas.