I love local search. It follows many practices similar to Web search, though different often in ways that do reflect an attempt to map the real world. Google’s Streetview cars are a little like Google’s webcrawler Googlebot. Instead of collecting URLs for Websites, Google Maps collects addresses to associate with businesses, nonprofits, government offices, parks, landmarks, and many other destinations. It has its own challenges as well, such as the streetviews car being turned away at sentry guard booths for military bases, or not being able to drive down “private” roads. Google Maps also can’t use latitude and longitude coordinates in places like China since their export and use is classified by that country as if they were munitions. … [Read more...] about GPS to Correct Google Maps and Driving Directions as a Local Search Ranking Factor?
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The main thing I am excited about is the search feature - I cannot tell you how many times I use Apple Maps and try to find a location using a keyword search and it simply fails. Google Maps is not only way better at finding locations based on keyword search, I also trust it more that it will send me to the right location. Apple Maps has a history of sending me to a location that existed two years ago but is no longer there. :( … [Read more...] about Google Maps Now On Apple CarPlay & It’s Okay
Some people will argue that this is the inevitable (and potentially “unfair”) result of Google’s ability to refer traffic to its own properties. Indeed, Hitwise has reported multiple times that the bulk of Google Maps’ traffic comes from this sort of self-referring. A year ago in a post on Google’s gains against MapQuest, I quoted Hitwise’s Heather Hopkins who had written at the time: … [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
The iPhone has revolutionized the mobile industry and has changed people’s lives and we want to continue to do so. We want to take Maps to the next level, rethink how users use Maps and change the way people find things. We want to do this in a seamless, highly interactive and enjoyable way. We’ve only just started. … [Read more...] about Apple Using OpenStreetMap With Its Own Tiles Instead Of Google Maps In Select Cases