Google Maps covers a wide range of countries, and is a great tool for planning trips in which a destination has already been decided. But, like many other platforms, Google Maps fails to capture the voices of residents, guide the location decision process, or bring the beauty of travel to life.
Now for some people, this is where Instagram comes in. The platform, for the most part, displays the most beautiful of photos and captures the thoughts of others in realtime. But where Google Map succeeds, Instagram fails.
Instagram is by no means a tool for traveling. The location feature is rarely used, and can be easily inputted with false information. There aren’t any built-in features to guide your next trip. And the platform is much too over-populated with selfies.
However, those things are to be expected. Afterall Instagram, at it’s core, is a social media outlet. And Google Maps is quite literally a web mapping tool.