Sunday, February 13, 2005
Google has started a mapping service similar to MapQuest or Yahoo Maps. They, as they always do, have made it more interesting and probably more helpful. You can find maps, driving directions and local businesses. Search for a specific address and you see a map of the area. When you click on an arrow to move the map north, south, east, or west, the map seamlessly moves in the direction. It's a very nice effect. You can also search for types of business around an area (e.g., restaurants in an area code, a city, or near an address you've already found) and see them displayed on a map. When you ask for directions, you can see both the map and a list of directions. Each step of the directions is numbered; if you click on the number, you can see that part of the map. This is similar to MapQuest, but it is nice to see the entire map as well as having the option of seeing each direction. It's a very nice interface. Try it and see what you think.