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Thursday, January 05, 2006

“MapQuest helps people find places. This helps people find places where people are at.”

-James Greiner, MapQuest’s vice president and general manager, MapQuest quoted in the New York Times (free registration may be required). He was commenting on the company’s “FindMe” offering, which can locate a person with a phone or share their location with others. It’s my experience that the first question people ask after picking up the phone is “Where are you?”

by Adena Schutzberg on 01/05 at 07:15 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Randall Newton at AECNews.com points out that last week’s ExtractKML from Avatech is now the Avatech Earth Connector. It’s a free AutoCAD plug-in that makes it possible to place 2D and 3D structures developed in AutoCAD-based products directly into Google Earth. He notes, correctly, that the marketing folks earned their pay for that change.

by Adena Schutzberg on 01/05 at 06:00 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Apparently, an unsavory pair has been visiting gas stations, stealing atlases, and then trying to return them to other unsuspecting stations as defective. The atlases, including some from Midwest Map, run between $25 and $50. One suspect has been identified and law enforcement has been requested to put out a scam alert.

Via GMToday.com (Greater Milwaukee)

by Adena Schutzberg on 01/05 at 06:00 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Greg Sterling posting at Search Engine Journal tipped me off to a new mapping function appearing in Gmail. Turns out, messages that come in with addresses have a link on right titled “Map This.” It’s near the sponsored links, reports Sterling. He points to this page for Google’s explanation (no human reads your mail!).

Sterling makes a good point that putting something of value “over there” draws more attention to the ads “over there.”

I guess once we all griped about the autolinks appearing magically by default on webpages when the Google Toolbar was installed, Google pushed that functionality over to GMail.

by Adena Schutzberg on 01/05 at 06:00 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

The contest, officially, the Wacky Warning Label Contest, is in its ninth year and attempts to show how fear of lawsuits is making for some “wacky” labels. Michigan Lawsuit Abuse Watch, or M-LAW sponsors the event.

Third place went to a Coloradan who found ” a cocktail napkin printed with a map of the waters around Hilton Head, S.C.” The lable: “Not to be used for navigation.”

First prize went to a label stating: “Do not use this tool as a hair dryer.” It was on a heat gun/pain remover that reaches 1000 degrees. Good advice.

Via Townhall.com

by Adena Schutzberg on 01/05 at 06:00 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share
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