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
Yet the rise in Google Maps traffic may not simply be a function of the removal of links to competitors’ sites. As Barry pointed out in a post showing that Google Maps was a chief beneficiary of Universal Search, “Google Maps saw a 20% increase in traffic because prior to Universal search, Google only displayed map results for a very limited set of queries. Now, Google Maps results are far more common and take up to three of the seven web search results.” … [Read more...] about Google Maps Gaining On Market Leader Mapquest
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?
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
Greg Sterling is a Contributing Editor at Search Engine Land. He writes a personal blog, Screenwerk, about connecting the dots between digital media and real-world consumer behavior. He is also VP of Strategy and Insights for the Local Search Association. Follow him on Twitter or find him at Google+.[/caption] … [Read more...] about Google Maps For Android 6.7 Has Indoor Walking Directions, Nearby Offers