– Platial, the provider of a
social mapping service based on Google Maps API, has shut down its service,
TechCrunch reported.

Founded in 2005, Oregon-based Platial had raised a total
of $3.4 million in venture capital, from investors including Kleiner Perkins
Caufield & Byers, Omidyar Network and Keynote Ventures.

The service let
users create and tag their own online maps. In a blog post, Platial said that
all the maps that users created have been replaced with instructions and links
for exporting the data.

The company urged users to download their maps
immediately, as "the service may go offline as soon as March 2nd (when it
happens it will be due to a disconnection from out internet service providers)."

"We are painfully aware that this is an incredibly short amount of time to
dump this on people. The only response is a sincere apology," Platial


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(Platial blog)