The patent application describes sending out requests to people whom you might know through a social network. The patent mentions Orkut, though something like this might be tied to the Google Places recommendation service, or possibly even Google Plus at some point. The “trust metric” mentioned in the title to the patent filing might be the number of votes agreeing with a proposed location, or a certain percentage of votes. Other groups of users who may not be contacts of yours may also be asked about the location as well. … [Read more...] about GPS to Correct Google Maps and Driving Directions as a Local Search Ranking Factor?
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This is a major issue and to be honest, I shy away from covering it, because people target my business whenever I cover Google Maps hacks or exploits. Heck, my own business has it's business closed, hours changed, even our web site URL point elsewhere - because SEOs are awesome I guess? I mean, at least leave a positive review if you are going to mess with my Google Local listing please? … [Read more...] about Fake Google Maps Edits Cause Major Business Disruptions
Part of the continuing emphasis on Maps is undoubtedly due to its acquisition of Keyhole (in 2004), which became Google Earth. Keyhole CEO John Hanke became head of Maps & Local at Google. Hanke’s thoughtful and mature presence at Google has kept the product evolving and growing. And Maps/Earth are a PR machine for Google — witness the recent launch of Ocean and related press exposure. … [Read more...] about ComScore To Report Google Maps Now Number 1
Google Maps clearly benefits from the increased exposure and deeper integration into the Google search experience. But Google has also invested very heavily in Maps and has built a compelling product. Mapquest has argued for years that what users want out of online mapping is reliable maps and directions, and that they’re much less interested in some of the advanced mapping features that Google and Microsoft offer. I believe, however, that users are coming to expect more from online mapping as the products become richer and more broadly functional, and as users themselves become more sophisticated. Microsoft and Google have been in something of an arms race to transform mapping into a platform for the display and visualization of information of all types. … [Read more...] about Google Maps Gaining On Market Leader Mapquest
Apple doesn’t want to disrupt its users’ expectations and experience by introducing a half-baked mapping product. Accordingly, what appears to be happening here is a “toe in the water” approach, as Apple begins to replace Google Maps in select cases — perhaps to ease its users into seeing a product with a new look and feel. But it does appear to be the start of a migration to another mapping platform. … [Read more...] about Apple Using OpenStreetMap With Its Own Tiles Instead Of Google Maps In Select Cases