To: Carl Clifford <>
Subject: What3words
From: Martin Butterfield <>
Date: Wed, 23 Sep 2015 08:34:55 +0000
The postal systems will probably continue as they have developed.  What
follows is I think pretty common in less developed countries.

When I worked in Tanzania there was no real system of street addresses, nor
postal deliveries.  Rather, everyone had a PO Box to which they went to
collect their mail (and have harsh arguments with the staff about how much
duty was payable on any item from overseas).

If you wanted to tell someone how to get to your house it was a matter of
distance and landmarks (and the occasional named road).  For example
getting to our place in a suburb of Dar es Salaam was:

   - Go down Haile Selaisse drive,
   - turn left at the Royal Chole Country Club (a converted shipping
   - go about 1.5 km passing the turnoffs top the Slipway and the Yacht
   - its on the right with a Tinga-tinga Ostrich painted on the white metal
   - We'll let the askari (security guard)  know you're coming!

If someone didn't know where Hailie Selassie Drive was you'd arrange to
meet them at a prominent place (eg a 5 star hotel) and pilot them.


Martin Butterfield

On 23 September 2015 at 16:29, Carl Clifford <>

> Read about the development of this some time back. It will be interesting
> to with, and certainly be very useful in many parts of the world. I wonder
> how the postal sytems will handle it?
> Carl Clifford
> > On 23 Sep 2015, at 3:08 PM, Steve Clark <> wrote:
> >
> > G'day all
> >
> > I just heard about this new app called what3words that divides the globe
> up into 57 trillion 3m x 3m squares and converts the lat and long to a
> unique 3 word code.
> >
> > It was designed for the huge proportion of the world's population
> without any address system.
> >
> > My home address is labs.assemble.rollers
> >
> > So all I need to do is tell you that and you can navigate to my door.
> Not particularly useful given I have a proper address but brilliant for
> third world countries and I reckon it would be good for birding.
> >
> > Check it out and share your thoughts.
> > iOS and Android
> >
> > Cheers
> > Steve Clark
> > Hamilton, Vic
> >
> >
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