Giving directions can be less than straightforward, especially if the person you’re directing would have trouble finding their current location on a map that tells them “You Are Here.”
We all know somebody like this.
Technology, of course, has closed the gap with the advent of tools like Google Maps that offer point-by-point and turn-by-turn directions between departure and arrival (to say nothing of the GPS devices that preceded it). Yet some places (like our own offices in Newtown) remain strangely difficult to locate.
Navigating by landmarks becomes the easiest way to direct lost and weary travellers but even Google Maps can’t tell you to “turn right at the first light after you pass the servo.”
But you and Blrt can:
Giving directions with Blrt
We fashioned the above Blrt using screenshots from Google Earth street view and included a few photos of our own to get you from the street to the door of our offices.
Of course, you can use your own photos to make the entire Blrt but in times when that’s not possible, Google Earth street view is a fine stand-in. Just remember to point out anything that might look different now than it did when the Google-mobile drove by!Know somebody who could get lost in their own bathroom? Here's how to give them directions. Click To Tweet
1. Gather your photos
I’ve used the Google Earth iOS app to take the screen captures you see in the Blrt above and I’ve considered that anybody using these directions is most likely on a mobile device. With that in mind, I’ve kept everything in portrait orientation so it will fill as much of their screen as possible. If you’re unsure of how to capture your screen, check out our post on the topic.
Since Google Earth isn’t (yet) able to see inside of buildings and go up lifts, I’ve run outside to snap a few shots of my own to deliver door-to-door directions in the truest sense.
2. Sort your photos
Want to confuse somebody even further? Try giving them directions that are out of order!
Simply drag each image to arrange everything appropriately and avoid any confusion.
3. Talk, point and draw directions
Use the full power of Blrt to help guide your lost traveller. In the Blrt above I’ve used the pointer, circle, drawing and zoom tools to draw attention to key landmarks and to clarify my spoken directions.
4. Share the directions
Once you’ve saved the Blrt, don’t forget to add your guest to the conversation or share the Blrt via Facebook, email, or text message.
If you’re recording directions that don’t change and that you find yourself offering regularly (like the above directions to our offices), take your Blrt one step further by making it public and embedding it on your website for everybody’s benefit. This blog post will guide you through that process if you’re at all unsure.
Get out of the woods
As great as Google Maps and similar apps are, there’s just no substitute for a local talking you through directions. Blrt allows you to do so quickly and easily, resulting in a Blrt that can be viewed with our mobile app or in Google Chrome so your guests can actually be guided by your voice even as they travel the route.
Giving directions has never been easier, clearer or more fun.
Get someone out of the woods today:
Blrt helps you get your point across quickly by allowing you to talk, point and draw over images, documents and websites. The resulting video-like recording is called a Blrt.
Your Blrts require much less bandwidth than video and can be shared with anyone on mobile or desktop. This makes Blrt ideal for both collaboration and the creation and sharing of dynamic content, as public Blrts can be embedded into any webpage.
Once recorded, Blrts are stored in the cloud and are exchanged with others in a conversation-like fashion. A record is kept of the exchange, and new parties and media can be added at any time.
Blrt shifts time and place, allowing users in a conversation to participate in their own time. In an era where activity-based working and distributed teams are commonplace, Blrt is revolutionising the way people interact to get things done.