While Apple has been facing considerable criticism over its less than spectacular iOS 6 Maps app, a couple of potentially spectacular improvements have just been added to Tagwhat.

Touted as the “mobile tour guide for the world,” Tagwhat is an iPhone app that lets you discover stories associated with the places around you. Here are just a few of the stories you can see in Tagwhat.

  • The video of Martin Luther King Jr’s historic “I Have a Dream” speech in Washington, DC.
  • A classic recording and story of Janis Joplin outside the Austin club where she got her start.
  • Meg Ryan’s famous “When Harry Met Sally” scene at Katz’s Deli in Manhattan.

And beginning today, businesses, organizations, and you yourself can contribute to the location-aware storytelling with the new “Tag It” button.

Accessible at http://publish.tagwhat.com, the “Tag It” button lets you select content on any Web page and direct it to any spot on the map. What’s more, content can include anything on a Web page, be it a block of text, a photo, or a video. Think of Tagwhat’s “Tag It” function as a sort of Pinterest button for location.

In addition to “Tag It,” push notifications are now supported in the Tagwhat app itself.

Following the launch of Tagwhat Superslider and Tagwhat Travel Log last month, push notification alerts you when you’re near locations with interesting stories. As the app’s changelog puts it, you can now “discover great stories about the world around you, even when you’re not looking at your phone.”

The newly improved Tagwhat is available now in the App Store for free. Ditch the malfunctioning iOS 6 Maps for now and check out the new functions of Tagwhat instead.