Zapatag is a site for reporting cars who have cut you off, parked illegally, or have Darwin award envy. Mind you, no action will be taken because of your report. Zapatag is just a outlet for you to vent your frustration.
Zapatag has the pre-requisite mashup of web services to be part of the Web 2.0 crowd including Twitter integration, avatar pics, and a Google map for every license plate. There are a couple hundred license plates listed so far, mostly from Hawaii but a few others scattered around the mainland U.S.
Unsurprisingly, I haven’t used Zapatag as it was intended. I don’t really care enough to warn the Internet of bad drivers. So, I’ve been Zapping interesting license plates or notable vehicles. I include a pic whenever I can. I’m kind of anxious to see if any license plate will become a repeat offender on this site. As of now there hasn’t been a single plate listed by more than one person. There are no names to connect plates with drivers and usually no pics of either the cars or drivers.
One interesting thing I’ve found is that none of the license plates on Zapatag will show up in a search engine unless you type the contents of a license plate in a comment or description field. CORRECTION: Sometimes a plate will picked up in search engines through the Zapatag Twitter feed. I’ve tried searching for plates I’ve zapped in Google, Yahoo, MS Live and Altavista. I’m not sure if this should be called a bug or a feature, but I’m leaning towards “feature”. I bet you’ve never tried Googling your own license plate…but you will now. I’m a bit relieved that my license plates don’t return anything of interest.
All in all, Zapatag looks like a promising toy to add to your collection of wacky websites. If anything, I’ll bet that Tweeting about cars you see on the road will become more entertaining.