Google just announced that it will be rolling out an update that allows you to access Google Maps without internet or cell service. “Download” specific areas of a map to your phone — anything from cities to countries. In doing so, your phone will be able to continue its navigation of that area seamlessly. Even the beloved turn-by-turn directions will continue without a blip. You’ll also retain access to other helpful information, like nearby destinations and their hours of operations.
Google Maps has been dancing around the idea of 3D maps for years, but in the past three dimensional imagery was elusive unless users had “built” 3D virtual models. Google is now poised to quickly render manual model building obsolete (for Google Maps anyway), with the roll-out of 3D satellite imagery. I can’t begin to tell you how they do it, but today I give you an overview of the stunning, explorable 360° photography now available in “New” Google Maps and Google Earth for desktop and mobile.
Four weeks into the new year, what can I predict that hasn’t already been predicted by someone else? Probably not much, but lets take a look at what some other SEOs expect to see in 2014 while I try to sprinkle in some of my own wisdom and play Miss Cleo along the way.
It’s hard to believe but it’s time once again for our SEO “year in review” where we turn the page on the calendar and take a look back on all of 2013’s important developments in online marketing that had a significant impacts on the way we work. From a complete 180 in how Google tells us to set up Adwords accounts to an Analytics overhaul and the loss of all organic keyword data, 2013 certainly kept us on our toes.
Google recently began adding ski trail maps to standard Google Maps (as well as in the satellite view) for some of the nation’s most popular ski resorts. Now skiers and snowboarders can scope out the trail layout before booking vacation plans or as they’re riding the lift up to the top of the mountain. Additionally, Google has started adding 360 “street view” images to some resorts, as well as some of the highest peaks on the planet. Today we take a look at a few examples and discuss where all of this seems to be headed.
Did you know that Google will let you view floor plans of places like airports, shopping malls and department stores? This feature has been available in the Maps app on Android devices for some time, but a few months ago was added to Google Maps for desktop as well. Additionally, I’ve discovered a little trick that will allow you to view Google Indoor Maps on iPhones and other iOS devices, which you can use while we wait for their developers to update the iOS Google Maps app.
By now, most of us are aware of satellite and “Street View” imagery in Google Maps, but did you know Google has begun adding 45° aerial photos as well? In fact in 2012 they began rapidly adding hundreds of cities and countries across the globe, including Burlington, VT in mid-November. Today we’ll take a look at how/when Google shows these images, why they are so current, and then explore some of the Queen City from above.
Hot on the heels of Google Places transitioning into Google+ Local last week comes a story from the Wall Street Journal, explaining that the changes are far from over. Or, as Mike Blumenthal put it, “Google+ Local – What Wasn’t in the Announcement Was More Important Than What Was”. Last week’s big announcement didn’t really […]
Notice the question mark at the end of the headline above? It started out as an exclamation point but sagged a bit when I began to really think about what this change probably means – even more chaos and inconsistency. And of course this raises big questions like: what happens to the Google+ Business Pages […]
If you’re in the Burlington area and you’re thinking about checking out J. Crew, I’d caution you against using Google Maps as your guide to the store location. It seems that the most used mapping service on the planet has decided that J. Crew shares a location with the city of Burlington’s sewage treatment facility. I said *decided* because outside of the map label/marker, I can find no reason why Google has selected this location as home for the clothing retailer on its maps. Makes you wonder what you’re getting yourself in to the next time you stop and as the big G for directions…