Being First vs. ‘Cleaner and More Thoughtful’

Valleywag on the competition between Google and Microsoft on the mapping front, touching on yesterday’s Street View announcement: “The battle for mapping supremacy continues with the rush to add new features. Unfortunately for Microsoft, being first has not been a valued differentiator. In most cases, Google’s implementation is cleaner and more thoughtful (compare Street View’s slick in-map photo views with Microsoft’s silly car-based metaphor) and/or goodwill and search supremacy has carried it to broader adoption and press coverage.”