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6:13 pm on Nov 3, 2005 (gmt 0)

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Something to have a play with. Yahoo's Maps Beta.

According to Yahoo!, "We've really worked hard to make the product as intuitive as possible while building in some major upgrades in the interface, interactivity, and functionality."

[maps.yahoo.com...]

There's and API, too, for developers [developer.yahoo.net...]

Have a go, what do you think of the interface?

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Not that impressed on a personal level, since it placed my house & street about 3 blocks away, when Google was dead on.

<side note>Google USED to be dead on, until the Google local thing. Now, since my street name is also the name of a widget, it abandons the map idea and tries to show me where to buy that widget in my city. Very annoying.</side note>

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Y has caught up to G in terms of presentation. The animation and level of detail has caught up to Google. What both Y & G still lack is the ability to search for local businesses. Both maps work well for directions but neither can be used to find local products and services if you don't know the name of a business.
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impressed but not nearly satisfied.

maps look nice,
couldn't find my residential address at all.
tried several times with my address and instead it shows me the "center of the city"

also, when I do a search there is no immediate feedback so I can't tell that it's doing anything. The search takes 2, 3, sometimes more than 8 seconds before the view changes, during which time I'm wondering "what's happening?"

They'll get lots of multiple-clickers because of that.

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Didn't find my address. More over, didn't find my city. :)
Also, what's up with ugly user-unfriendly text boxes? Can't even do normal Copy and Paste in these, and "Enter address or location" phrase messes up what you are entering half the time.
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The page is blank in Firefox 1.0.6 on OS X.

So far I like Google Maps better. ;)

8:04 pm on Nov 3, 2005 (gmt 0)

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It's a bit frustrating to use. If you choose to restaurants in the local area then scroll just a touch the danged thing has to refresh and then renumber the flags -- and it doesn't always show the same restaurants it just showed. Much too much going on to make it easy to use.

The biggest drawback to any local search is that it depends on the underlying data. Yahoo's data -- whether because of the suppliers or the way Y massages it -- just doesn't cut it. Some of what I'm seeing is halfway current, most is about 4 or 5 years out of date (in one instance the restaurant it shows next door to my building has been closed for at least 10 years), and a couple I know never existed in the locations Y says.

Not yet ready for prime time.

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Yeah, it is beta-beta, but it does have potential. I think they are going to give G a run for the money.

Still, they need to get their basic search right. Why would
<city, full state name> come up with different resutls than <city, postal code for state> be sooooo different. Lots of scraper results on the two-letter postal code, good results on full state name.

So, Y maps is great. But, get Y search's city, state results down, too, eh? Be handy in putting up results on the maps, I would think.

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The street I live on is considered a street but is more of a driveway. It's really short and if anybody actually saw it they wouldn't even know it was considered to be a street. I have never seen it on any map system before but the US Census Bureau maps. Yahoo has it, really impressed. Although, they show another street down the block from me that has never existed, so...
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the navigation is superb. much more intuitive than google maps...
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It lacks things that google maps have, google maps lack somethings yahoo maps have.
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The beta version I looked at had a few nice features. The map centering isn't as intuitive as the old system but usable.

This may be a beta problem but when you go to the printable version, the map changes back to the original resolution and looses the details. It becomes useless in most cases.

In New York and New Jersey where streets signs are often missing, the map with the details of the street names around a street are vital.

Yahoo's map have always been superior to google's or map quest. I'd vote for yahoo to continue to use the old system and not try to emulate the inferior mapping systems.

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>>Google USED to be dead on, until the Google local thing. Now, since my street name is also the name of a widget, it abandons the map idea and tries to show me where to buy that widget in my city. Very annoying.

Extremely annoying, inaccurate and obviously intentional. Especially when the initial search shows the map/sat data you're looking for then the 'link to this page' code (when clicked from one's site) brings up unrelated business(es) and a completely different map as the default. I don't particularly mind other businesses displayed left of the map, but when the guy in the space downstairs is the only bubble on the map after it wasn't on the initial search, then it's just worthless to me. Ripe for the picking Yahoo...

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>>The page is blank in Firefox 1.0.6 on OS X.

I get a blank page in IE6 w/ Flash disabled. Get the old kindergarten map in Opera with plugins disabled though.

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The biggest thing it is missing, just like Google maps, is THE REST OF THE WORLD (I know G has UK and Japan, but still, mainland Europe is a big place)
5:51 pm on Nov 4, 2005 (gmt 0)

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100x better than google. At least it has my street on it (which has existed since 1966). Google just shows a big blank space.

In fact, I have never been able to find anything at all on Google Maps.

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Yahoo! Maps has been and continues to be more usable than Google Maps. Google Maps while nice in presentation is less usable than Yahoo! when it comes to typing in TO & FROM. Yahoo! stores all that information in your profile. Getting directions is matter of selecting your FROM and typing in the TO address. Its a lot faster than Google Maps. Make it a tool I can use every day and you got a loyal fan!
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Anyone work with the API? How is it compared to the Google Maps API?

I think the biggest disadvantage with the Google Maps API is that you can't pass it a street address, you have to get the geo-coords (lat-long) from someone like geocoder.us then you can pass this data to the map.

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>> I get a blank page in IE6 w/ Flash disabled. Get the old kindergarten map in Opera with plugins disabled though.

Yah, that was it. Flash is really slow on my Powerbook so I keep it disabled. Their new interface is pretty slick, but I'll be sticking with Google Maps until they have an AJAX version.

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Yes but have you visited "The Dude's Fish Store"
(Yahoo maps prank on Google)
[siliconvalleysleuth.com...]
10:17 pm on Nov 9, 2005 (gmt 0)

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I am rather amused with the little zoomy box in the corner. It's about time Yahoo rolled out a map service with lot's more gratuitous animations, although it is still second to Google Earth's speedy flying.

But, I want satellite views because it's a lot cooler.

 

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