Street addresses weren’t designed for 2021. They aren’t accurate enough to specify precise locations, such as building entrances, and don’t exist for parks and many rural areas.
This makes it hard to find places and prevents people from describing exactly where help is needed in an emergency. Millions of people around the world use what3words to make life safer, more efficient and less frustrating. Just spent the morning looking up all the homes in the family – I discovered that my back door is different from my front door which really would be useful for a delivery person.
what3words provides a precise and incredibly simple way to talk about location. They have divided the world into a grid of 3m x 3m squares and assigned each one a unique 3 word address.
With what3words, everyone and everywhere now has an address. That’s not a huge deal to us, as we have a sophisticated address system through our zipcodes. But in many countries, 75% of the word in fact, this simply doesn’t exist. In some of the new economies, the ones that popped up overnight like the UAE, postal addresses just didn’t exist until recently. Delivering companies and taxi cabs would ask for the name of the building and a rough location. Mail would be collected not delivered. But now we have home delivery through the internet, addresses are more important than ever.
And so, these dudes have come up with a system that is so simple it’s amazing and pins you to a nine square meters plot of land. You can even 3word tag your photos so people can find that exact beach, desert trail or mountain cave!
There’s a free app for your smart phone. It’s fun to punch in your address. Try this online version from your device/computer. https://map.what3words.com/