Online Map Review Roundup
The Dallas Morning News reviews the big four mapping sites: “It takes awhile to get the hang of the software giant’s relatively new Windows Live Local service, but it’s a powerful tool. Google and Yahoo Inc. make strong showings, and AOL LLC’s MapQuest — the most popular mapping site on the Web — is the most user-friendly.” Via About.com Geography.
An article in today’s New York Times looks at the business strategies of Google, Yahoo, et al., with reference to their mapping products: “Google Maps still does not offer some of the pedestrian conveniences of Yahoo Maps and MapQuest from AOL. For example, while it can remember your favorite starting point, it cannot store multiple addresses. … When asked about the lack of an address book in Google Maps in an interview last fall, Marissa Mayer, Google’s vice president for search products and user experience, said it was a gap in the product. She said it was much easier to get the company’s engineers to spend time developing pioneering new technology than a much more prosaic address storage system.” Via All Points Blog.