Today, I am presenting at the seventh GetListed.org Local University in Grand Rapids, MI. in cooperation with Mlive.com and the Grand Rapids Press, Muskegon Chronicle, the Kalamazoo Gazette and the Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce. I hope to personally meet all of you in attendance. Please don’t hesitate to reach out and ask any questions that … Continue reading GetListed Local University Grand Rapids
This talk, The New Meaning of Mapping, was given last week by Michael Jones, Google’s Chief Technology Advocate, at theWhere2.0 conference. Previously he was Chief Technologist of Google Maps, Earth, and Local Search and was originally responsible for development of the technology used in the creation of Google Earth. The presentation includes a number of … Continue reading Google Maps #2 Map Provider in US- #1 Mapping Site in US? Google Maps API
Google has been distributing ads more widely on all of its properties of late. I noted a certain discomfort with their intrusive nature deep inside the bowels of the business listing details when it was roled out in mid February in Maps. At the Maps help forum a business owner asked (caps are his and … Continue reading Ads added to Google Maps API
With Google’s last upgrade to the API TOS on November 12th, a storm of protest and complaint was unleashed in Great Britain. The Ordnance Survey had essentially pulled all of their publicly available data from use with Google Maps due to the TOS and the Guardian and BBC jumped into the fray on each side … Continue reading Google Updates Google Maps API TOS to calm the storm in Great Britain?
Update 11/17/08 9:00 pm: The BBC has chimed in with an excellent summary of the issues at in the battle between the OS and Google. Google apparently called the BBC: to stress that they believe Ordnance Survey has misrepresented its terms and conditions. They say that when we hand over data to Google Maps, they are … Continue reading Will Mashups be threatened by Google’s Map API TOS?
The nearby.org.uk blog has a good piece on the new Google Maps API Terms of Service agreement: Basically its laid out pretty clearly (see section 11.1) that if you use the API to display *your* data, then you grant Google a irrevocable licence to do as it sees fit with your data. Sure it says “You retain copyright … Continue reading Google Maps API Terms of Service Update
Google has begun rolling out their Business Provider program to replace the Trusted Verifier Program that was recently terminated. The Business Provider program is designed to let organizations like Chambers of Commerce or banks with small business clients facilitate a Google My Business Verification for their members or clients. Groups or organizations share business data with … Continue reading Google Rolls Out Business Provider Plan to Replace Trusted Verifier Program
On mobile, Google is showing a new image based search interface. It is currently a supplement to the 3 Pack for local keyword searches and it shows local results visually based on an image matching the search query. The new mobile focused search method does not yet appear on the desktop. It is not clear … Continue reading New Google Local Discovery: Search by Photos
We have long noted that you rent but don’t own your business profile at Google. As Tim Capper has previously pointed out that is no more true than with the careless scraping of event sites that Google pulls off to add events to local search results. You do though, just have to wonder when the … Continue reading Want to Protest SeaWorld? Visit their Knowledge Panel for Details