Findery is a community site on which anyone can share a short story about any location on the globe. Findery uses Google Maps as its base so in a way it is really just a public, collaborative Google Map. To make a contribution to Findery just sign-in, pick a location, and start typing your story. Your story can also include pictures and video clips. You can make your stories public or private on Findery.
Applications for Education
Findery could be a good place to find stories about the places that your students are studying in a geography lesson. Findery is a public site and while there are some content quality requirements I would be hesitant to let younger students explore it on their own. Therefore, I would select stories ahead of time to use in my classroom.
H/T to Google Maps Mania.