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Thursday, January 26, 2006

Heather Hopkins who works at HitWise and was involved with the stats I cited yesterday about how Google Earth was the #8 most searched term in the UK for a several week period in Dec/Jan has a blog post trying to figure out why. Worth a read if you, too, are curious about this cultural phenomena and why so many older folks are checking out Google Earth.

by Adena Schutzberg on 01/26 at 08:42 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Thanks to Google Map Mania for the reference list of URLs which included one to a short and effective review by Joey deVilla of what sounds like a short but effective (and inexpensive) e-book.

Google Maps API is probably both the best reference and tutorial on the Google Maps API you’re going to find outside of Google’s buildings. It’s an informative,  easy-to-digest and well-written book priced so low that you probably won’t notice it on your credit card bill.

I like that the medium is matching that about which it writes. That said, I just received a review copy of Google Maps Hacks from O’Reilly and hope to have a review soon.

by Adena Schutzberg on 01/26 at 08:31 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Sherry Thompson Giordano, the Executive Director for ITWomen, a volunteer-based non-profit organization of senior level professional women in information technology and related fields serving South Florida women has this request, which I share on her behalf:

“We have 5 networking/educational events a year specifically related to a technology or technology trends.  On April 19th we are conducting a Geospatial Technology presentation.  I have secured a speaker from Virginia who will address Geospatial Intelligence and I am looking for two speakers who would be local (Broward or Miami Dade Counties) who represent business users of Geospatial Technology, either in their product or service offering or usage in their day-to-day business operations.

“If anyone is interested in sharing how they apply Geospatial Technology I would be pleased to review with them the speaking opportunities we have for April 19, 2006.”

Contact: Sherry(at)sftgassociates.com

by Adena Schutzberg on 01/26 at 08:13 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

TechDirt reports that the company went public Wednesday, via Dutch Auction, a method that Google used. The odd part, says, Mike, Traffic.com has yet to turn a profit. He also points out that it’s not really a .com company, but a “real company.”

From the standpoint of location-based services, a good traffic provider is key, so this could be a winner when/if LBS ramps up…

by Adena Schutzberg on 01/26 at 06:00 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

In a blog post at Search Engine Journal on the new imagery in Google Local/Earth (more and higher resolution in some areas) Greg Sterling let slip what he learned from a conversation with MapQuest recently:

... they said they were exploring options to offer something “at least as good” as what Microsoft was doing with aerial photography.

At one time GlobeXplorer offered imagery on the MapQuest site, but that’s not been the case for many years. That allowed Google and Microsoft to jump ahead of MapQuest in the imagery space, though the veteran still rules for many when it comes to providing directions. I’m excited to see how MapQuest hopes to outdo Google and Microsoft.

by Adena Schutzberg on 01/26 at 06:00 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share
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