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 is gaining from Google search referrals, and this may be the single greatest explanation for the traffic numbers cited by Hitwise. But Google has also integrated that product smartly into search results for an improved overall user experience. The company might still have seen the same or similar traffic growth had it opted to show OneBox/Universal Search results but maintain text links to Yahoo Maps and Mapquest at the top of the page, as it had done previously. We’ll never know. As I suggested above, however, I believe that Google Maps has also gained from considerable investment and product innovation, as well as the popular exposure those things have brought. … [Read more...] about Google Maps Gaining On Market Leader Mapquest
A system and method for updating and correcting the location of geospatial entities, the method comprising receiving at a server from a mobile device operated by a first user, a proposed location for a geospatial entity, the proposed location determined by a wireless location system, and based upon a current location of the mobile device; providing information about the proposed location for the geospatial entity to a first plurality of other users; receiving votes from the first plurality of users as to whether the proposed location is correct and responsive to the received votes, determining whether to update the location information for the geospatial entity. … [Read more...] about GPS to Correct Google Maps and Driving Directions as a Local Search Ranking Factor?
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 Apple Using OpenStreetMap With Its Own Tiles Instead Of Google Maps In Select Cases
The other announcement today involves indoor walking directions. This piggybacks on Google’s indoor mapping functionality that was released with Google Maps for Android 6.0 last year. In the US and Japan, users will be able to get directions inside buildings, malls and airports based on floor plans that have been uploaded to Google. … [Read more...] about Google Maps For Android 6.7 Has Indoor Walking Directions, Nearby Offers