Understanding Google My Business & Local Search
Has Google Maps surpassed Mapquest?
I ran a recent Mapquest/Google Maps comparison of visitation at Compete.com. It appears that Google Maps has passed Mapquest as the most visited mapping site:
Google Maps has been gaining on Mapquest for the past two years. Hitwise data in October indicated that Maps was closing in on Mapquest. While MapQuest may have “come out of hibernation” and have introduced a number of new features in the Local space, it does not appear to be fast enough.
These number reflect worldwide traffic. Google has a much stronger presence than MapQuest in much of Asia & Africa while Mapquest has traditionally been strong in North America. It would be of interest to see the US and European numbers broken out as well. I am sure there Mapquest is doing better.
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I certainly hope so Google deserve it. Google Maps and the way it moves between satellite view, hybrid, photographs and wikipedia is fantastic.
I also like the way Panaramio pics are pulled in – I like to contribute a few pics a month if I see something I think will be interesting or of use to others.
It is one of those things that I literally need in my life
Gmaps is certainly a fantastic tool. I’m thinking about going to Searchfest 09 in Portland next month and was just using the distance calculator to plan the drive (with a pitstop in Seattle), checking on other hotels besides the one sponsoring the conference (checking their locations before I visit their website for rates), using the public transit system to get to conference center at Oregon Zoo from hotel(s), etc…
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I feel that Google just has better technology than map quest. I made the switch a few years ago and that is because 30% of the time mapquest is wrong, in my experience.
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There’s no comparison. Please don’t use google maps for anything important. A year ago they left my wife & me 20 blocks past the US capitol when we were looking for an IMAX theater that turned out to be in the Smithsonian on the Mall! Tonight they directed us in EXACTLY the wrong direction when we looked for a famous restaurant (El Perro Chico) in Bilbao Spain. Fortunately, we had learned our lesson, so we checked with our hotel before setting off. Do no harm! Puhleeeze! We will never trust Google Maps again. Incidentally, Mapquest had it right.
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