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Thursday, March 22, 2007

Cool.  Nokia’s new Sports Tracker R&D effort helps Nokia users stay fit and track sporting activities!  Would you use a bluetooth tethered GPS though?  I’m an avid fan and user of BiM Active, and tried to make good use of it this winter despite a couple injuries. 

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by Adena Schutzberg on 03/22 at 02:44 PM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Update: Today I got e-mail from Google about what happens when a business updates its “pin” on the Google Map, that is “corrects its location.” The answer:

Currently, moving your “pin” to the correctlocation is a change that exists only in Google Maps.  This change willnot be given to our map data providers.

So, will Google be keeping and maintaining its own version of the database(s)? Will it license that database? Will it partner with the data players? This could be the start of the wisdom of the masses updating incorrect data, or at least data “close to their hearts.”

By the way, how does Google insure folks don’t move other people’s businesses? After you make a geographic change you get card in the mail at the address of the business with a code you need to key in to confirm the change. I actually got two cards as my business was in the database twice. I had to delete one and move the other one. There could still be scamming, but this is a reasonable check against it.

—-original post below from 3/12/07——

Mike Boland at Search Engine Watch notes another important aspect about Google’s enhancements to its Local Business Center: you can update to geocoded location of your business. He describes that as the “last block problem,” that is, getting to the nitty gritty of location. To do so, business users simply pick up the read tear drop marker from where Google Maps geocoded it to where it belongs. (I used the satellite option to pick out the building.) That information gets updated somewhere, such that Google now knows the actual location, as I indicated it. But, does NAVTEQ, whose data is behind Goolge Maps? I’d like to know how this works; there are no details in the help.

Boland offers that the site will pen an article on this topic this week.

by Adena Schutzberg on 03/22 at 02:27 PM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

I noticed today that Examiner.com, a news outlet offering national and local coverage, offers a “map” link in the header after the location of each story online. So, it says, for example, in a Fairfax, VA story:

Fairfax (Map) - Robberies in part of eastern Fairfax County have spiked dramatically in recent months, with police reporting 70 nighttime attacks between October and February.

That’s fine and as I’m sure you all expect, it’s a Google Maps mashups that does indeed show a map with the red teardrop locator. I expected just one more thing, which I didn’t see: the name of the location. Instead I found the lat/lon.  I’m sure a lot more could be done with these maps advertising-wise, but for now they are quite bare. I expect this sort of mapping will be required for all online news outlets very soon.

by Adena Schutzberg on 03/22 at 08:25 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

I have to give GITA credit: it stepped up and shared its attendence figures for this year’s event (my colleague reviewed it here) and acknowledged a drop off in attendees (press release). In past years the organization was not as forthcoming (also here), even as the media expressed concern about its perception of negative growth.

The facts:

[There was an] increase of 14% in seminar registrations and a 10% increase in first-time attendees. A total of 1,520 attendees participated in this year’s event (down from 1,855 in 2006).

The release goes on to explain that 202 of the 335 fewer people were vendor reps. The total number of actual attendees (non-vendors, non VIPs, etc.) was 966. There were 84 exhibitors this year (no details on last year).

The event and these details allow GITA to focus on next years event, to be co-locted with ACSM in Seattle, something that’s received universal praise, so far as I can tell. GITA also plans to beat the local Seattle bushes to involve that community in planning and execution of the 2008 event. I for one am looking forward to a new, improved GITA event.

by Adena Schutzberg on 03/22 at 07:50 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share
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