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Interactive Local Media Advisory

Maps: Where Are We Now, Where Are We Going?
Greg Sterling,Michael Boland , 3/1/2006

Summary: Mapping is one of the hottest and most dynamic categories on the Web. It has gone from being a tool exclusively for finding driving directions to a potential entry point for local search in general. Maps are also a strategic component in building out a more complete local search user experience. Because the area has developed so rapidly, we felt the need to check in again and assess the current state of online maps, their features and capabilities. This is a long, yet inevitably incomplete, report comparing the current offerings from the leading mapping destinations America Onlines MapQuest, Google, Microsofts Windows Live Local and Yahoo! as well as Amazons A9, which is not a major site but does have some interesting innovations. With mapping sites evolving at such a frenzied pace, driven by competition more than user demands, the question arises of whether the search/portal players have gotten too far ahead of consumers.

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