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    Wednesday, February 16, 2005

    Find me: Haberdasheries in Tuscaloosa

    Basil pointed out the launch of Google Maps last week, and the hope it'll trump Mapquest. What I love about Google's new map service is its ability to find locations based on general searches. For example, pizza in New Haven, wifi in Somerville, and ballparks in Phoenix.

    Yes, Mapquest and Yahoo can do these searches too, but not as elegantly. You can argue that Yahoo continues to offer the better, more accurate service. I'd probably agree for now (e.g., Yahoo is the only service where you can pinpoint public transit stops), but I believe Google will eventually catch up and be the most aesthetically pleasing [in other words: fly] choice. I'm already loving the single search field to enter both category/business name and location. They're like the Amazon of mapping software in terms of ease of use.

    I've used Google Maps twice already and it worked just fine for me. I'll continue to use it to get from point A to point B, and as the technology continues to evolve, I'll use it for points C, D, and E too.