Posted by Sankar on February 9, 2005
Google has once again proved that it is capable of delivering applications that appeal to everyone. It has released a beta version of Google Maps. On the outset, it is just like Yahoo Maps and Expedia Maps. But it has lot more!!!
- Draggable Maps: The map section can be clicked and dragged to reveal the adjacent portions of the map and it is instantaneous. In other sites, you have to click and wait for the page to reload. Also, the movement is analogous and NOT discrete. This is definitely a better presentation.
- Keyboard shortcuts: Alternately, you can also use the arrow keys to navigate the map.
- Integration with local search: Google Maps is tightly integrated with Google’s local search. So for example, you can search for “Pizza in [name of a place] ” and it will point to all pizza joints in the location with the address and phone number of each joint. Just click on a joint and get driving directions to/from it. Pretty cool!!!