Business Week Reviews Google Maps

The thing that annoyed me most about that AP article was that it was picked up by clueless news organizations who ran it under headlines to the effect that MapQuest was leading the hot online mapping sector, when the truth — after years of dominance, MapQuest’s rivals are innovating their way to challenge its hegemony — is neither complicated nor difficult to express succinctly.

Ben Elgin’s review of Google Maps on Business Week’s site is nothing like that, though: it’s a knowledgeable review that compares Google to its competition and points out both advantages and faults. I particularly liked his point about how slow Google is on dialup (which I touched on briefly in May); he also argues that the integration with local search puts Google ahead of its rivals, noting that other companies offer similar mapping features, but fall short on search. Thanks to Tony for the link.