GetListed Local University Grand Rapids

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

Google Maps #2 Map Provider in US- #1 Mapping Site in US? Google Maps API

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 Updates Google Maps API TOS to calm the storm in Great Britain?

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?

Will Mashups be threatened by Google’s Map API TOS?

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?

Google Maps API Terms of Service Update

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 Maps API Terms of Use- no stalking in autonomous vehicles

Sometimes legal documents have a way of tickling one’s funny bone. Lawyers have no clue how funny they can be. Here was a section from Google’s Maps API Terms of Service: 1.4 Appropriate Conduct and Prohibited Uses. The Service may be used only for services that are generally accessible to consumers without charge. In addition, … Continue reading Google Maps API Terms of Use- no stalking in autonomous vehicles

Google My Business Rolling Out Short Names

Google has started the rollout of “Short Names”; the ability of a business to create a custom, short URL that then can be used for easy access to their business profile on Google. Customers can enter the short name URL in the browser’s address bar, like “g.page/[yourcustomname]”, to go directly to your Business Profile. So … Continue reading Google My Business Rolling Out Short Names

Google My Business Deprecating SMS – Caught in the Google Messaging Cluster F%#k?

It appears that Google is discontinuing Google SMS in the Google My Business dashboard and in doing so leaving large companies in the lurch. Google My Business has yet to make a statement but it appears that the GMB SMS feature, which preceded their new App based messaging, is soon to be on the chopping … Continue reading Google My Business Deprecating SMS – Caught in the Google Messaging Cluster F%#k?

Reserve With Google – Which Categories & Services Are Eligible?

Over the past year we  have seen the expansion of Google’s Reserve with Google call to action in all of their local products. It was never very clear to me which categories were eligible for Reserve with Google  or which might get it in the future. Joel Headley of PatientPop recently shared a link to … Continue reading Reserve With Google – Which Categories & Services Are Eligible?