How Groundspeak Inc Changed the Entire Scenario of Geocaching
The early days of geocaching saw geocaches posted in closed communities such as newsgroups and sometimes on community blogs. The credit for creating specialized websites dealing only with the game goes to Groundspeak Inc., Seattle. The company was the first to launch a website that allowed players from across the planet to come together for playing the game. By now, you might have guessed about the website I am referring to: Geocaching.com.
The website is the brainchild of Jeremy Irish. It all started from the geocache placed by Dave Ulmereast of Portland. The geocache was located in the leftovers of a huge rocket box from the movie "Planet of Apes" (2001). This was posted to a newsgroup and was located by Mike Teague in just two days. He documented the process on his webpage.
When Jeremy Irish learned about it, he first tried to locate a cache using his handheld GPS unit. By the time he located the cache, he had devised the entire plan of starting a website allowing people to post information about their geocaches so others could hunt for the caches. The website was not a closed group. It was and is open to anyone who is willing to play.
When Jeremy started the site, he did not realize that he was starting a revolution that was soon adopted by several other people. The way the site was designed, it appealed to several people and within a year, geocaching.com became world's biggest geocaching website.
As Jeremy says, "When I started the site with 75 caches that I had to hand enter, I never knew that I would have to incorporate programs and a database that can handle millions and millions of geocaches. We are now getting more than 1.4 million logs a month. The best thing we found is that people are getting together and sharing their experiences on the website."
In short, considering the geocaching background before the year 2000, the small effort of Groundspeak Inc. changed the whole scenario of the game in terms of how it is played, by bringing in several enhancements and variations to the game while motivating others to start their own websites in the interest of people involved in geocaching.