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OK, so while working on a project to build a multi-thousand page series of sitemaps for our properties here at work, I found this resource: http://www.sitemaps.org/
The site is good at one thing,and one thing only – sharing information about sitemaps. Many folks today see them as a sort of Holy Grail. A way to magically improve search rankings, and it’s easy to see why.
Yesterday I was sicker than a dog. I haven’t been that sick since I was in China in 1995. I was a pitiful sight. Just curled up in bed and could barely move. You know I’m sick when I don’t even turn on the laptop.
But, as I started to get better I was playing with my Nokia N95 phone — mostly cause Maryam kept calling me to make sure I was still alive. Many of the mobile apps really have some major holes. It’s like the authors of them don’t really use their cell phones with their own apps.
If you ride some form of public transportation – be it subways, trains, or buses – you may know about Google Transit, which helps users “[c]reate your own transit trip, complete with itineraries and maps.” That service worked just fine (within a few areas), but the search engine company now plans to incorporate much more information into Google Maps and Google Earth.
Well it looks like the previous rumours of Google Maps Street View are coming true, Google today announced at the Where 2.0 conference, that they have added a new feature called “Street View” in certain locations on Google Maps. As well as this, starting today, Google is also adding developer-created gadgets called “Mapplets” to Google Maps.
Microsoft Live Search Maps has added a number of cities in 3-D to their service, among them New York City.
The 3-D images of New York City include aerial views of Times Square, Central Park, Wall Street and other well-known locations. The mapping service will also offer local listings, ratings, reviews and driving directions.
In addtition Live Search Maps will also offer real-time traffic information and custom maps that users can create and use for themselves or share with others.
There’s nothing quite like a stretch of wide-open road, but a clogged, backed-up highway doesn’t elicit the same feelings. Somebody in Mountain View apparently realized this – or felt the need to catch up with the competition – and Google Maps now has an “avoid highways” option.
When Google invited a group of British tech reporters to a briefing, those journalists got pretty excited. The event involved “a product for mobiles,” you see, and the reporters were hoping to find out about the Google phone. They didn’t. But Google did release a full, UK-specific version of Google Mobile Maps, which is kinda nifty, too.
|Google Maps For Mobiles Finds Way Into UK|
The director of a U.S. intelligence agency has cautioned that the government may have to censor satellite images that could be a potential security threat to the country and its armed forces.
The warning came from Vice Admiral Robert Murret, director of the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, which provides security information using satellite imagery.
In an interview with the AP he said," If there was a situation where any imagery products were being used by adversaries to kill Americans, I think we should act."
Google has started to integrate user-generated content on Google Maps. A search for restaurant stuttgart, for instance, first shows Google’s normally aggregated results (which Google says include “information from our web search results, data submitted directly by local business owners, and sources such as publicly available Yellow Pages directories”).
WhoIsSick.org is using Google Maps in a unique way by creating a mash up that detail, the geographic area of users who are not well, along with their symptoms.
The site provides a color-coded pie chart that displays a breakdown of symptoms by percentage and covers descriptions of illnesses from muscle ache to runny nose.
Google is planning on hosting a Google Developer Day on May 31, which will take place in ten countries around the globe. The event will include workshops, keynotes and discussions on Google’s APIs (application programming interfaces) and developer tools.
"We’re very excited to hold this first-ever worldwide Google developer gathering," said Google Vice President of Search Products and User Experience Marissa Mayer.
One of the most precious commodities in the world is real estate. Everyone is looking for their own little piece of the world to settle and call their own. Home ownership is a goal shared by so many that it seems appropriate that companies like Google and Yahoo would go to such lengths to cater to real estate searchers.
Google introduced a new feature to Google Maps: My Maps. The My Maps tab can be found at the left-hand side, and allows you to quickly create your own placemarks with information (including photos) as well as your own lines and shapes to mark areas. You can then share these maps with others on the web through a special link.
A major imagery release just went online at Live Maps and the Virtual Earth platform – 3.8 terabytes worth of imagery to be exact.
The 3.8TB update features dozens more cities of Birds eye coverage as well as some high resolution ortho imagery from the Ultracam and GlobeXplorer. And lots of European Birds eye coverage, including some countries that had not been previously covered at all. Here’s a list of all of the new coverage by region:
New cities with Birds Eye Coverage around the world:
For some of us, there’s nothing better than a good map…well, there are some things better that decent, modest folks won’t mention…which is why we squeal (not me, I don’t squeal) with delight as we watch online mapping services get better over time.
Maybe that’s because maps are reminders that there is much, much more out there than what you’ve seen…
Just once, I’d like to see somebody launch something cool from the Heartland out, instead of the other way around. Whatever it is, big cities get it first, worry about the red states later. Because if you want to take advantage of Google Maps’ new real-time traffic reporting, you’ll have to not live in Lexington, Kentucky.
So everyone and their mother is now giving out local SEO advice about getting listed in the local search engines/internet yellow pages. Recently articles were published on Entrepreneur.com and MSNBC which both of course suggested getting listed in these local directories including Google Maps. Sound advice indeed.
If you see something wrong within Google Maps, you don’t have to “take it” – users can now report problems. The average user may not get a lot out of this feature, however, because it only applies to business listings.
In other words, Google Maps may still erroneously advise people to drive 10 kilometers instead of take 30 steps. But other mistakes, such as incorrect phone numbers or inaccurate hours of operation, can be fixed.
Vodafone and Google have announced plans “to develop a location-based version of Google Maps for mobile,” which should present users with a range of local search and navigation options.
Americans may be out of luck, however – the two companies only mentioned “key European markets” in an official statement.
It’s an all-too-common problem: you’re reading War and Peace when the name “Vyzama” stops you dead in your tracks; you simply can’t continue with the novel until you know where this Russian town is located. Google Book Search and Google Maps are now teaming up to render such problems obsolete.
When one company is in competition with another, it usually won’t point consumers towards the competitor’s products. Sure, it happens – some corporations believe that they shine in comparison tests – but it’s fairly rare. The practice just became even more unusual, as Google ceased to promote MapQuest and Yahoo Maps on its main results page.
Google added a new advanced feature to Google Maps: multiple destinations. Now, if you need to go to more than one place, you can enter more than one destination (by hitting the new “Add destination” link) and get directions to each place in order.
I’m an advocate of the “combined trips” way of moving around town; it saves time and gas, both of which appear to be in short supply. Planning these excursions just got easier, because Google Maps now allows for multiple destinations within its driving directions.
Google Earth was recently updated with the ability to draw polygons in the free version, and Andreas Bovens points out that this feature is now available for Google Maps as well…like for this sample overlaid with a KML/ KMZ file.
Gogole Maps had one incredibly annoying feature: Click the name of your search result in the balloon on the map, and get transported to a new page with more info on the result, including a mini-map and search results. While the more info page was very useful, the fact that it was a new page and appeared in the same tab made it very annoying, since you had to go Back to the map, and hope it reloaded correctly.
The Google Earth and Maps teams must have been on the verge of bursting into data stream rivers until they finally popped this morning, unloading a mess of new functionality onto the world. We had to mask our digital footprint with wading boots to fish out the most relevant to our readers: Google Maps for Enterprise.