Exploring a place by using Google streetview will be much easier. Switch to using swipe and scroll rather than mouse and point. Greg Sterling reported that Google Maps brings faster, smoother scrolling to Street View (Jun 9)
Google Maps has changed its style of cartography over the past six years as is clearly seen in this article by Justin O’Beirne What happened to Google Maps?. Comparing maps from 2010 to 2016 reveals that Google provided more city names on maps in 2010 to today, and in 2016 it shows more roads. Both are inadequate, though roads without city names is more annoying and less useful. The author links it to changes at Google for mobile users: “Given these trends, it’s likely that Google Maps was optimized for mobile—and this explains some of the changes we observed earlier.”
DuckDuckGo now offers maps and directions in a very handy, and meta, way to local services. It is described in the DDG blog post Directions! with an example from the US. This works in Canada (in Toronto), although Apple Maps is not one of the map choices – Bing, Google, Here, and OpenStreetMap. Select the service you prefer and carry on. OpenStreetMap doesn’t have a public transit .
In running the query it can help to include directions! ( although not essential). This search feature is mostly for restaurants. It worked for Queen’s Park, the legislature for Ontario, but not for Art Gallery of Ontario.
ntario or Archives of Ontario. This limitation seemed true in US cities too.
Yahoo announced changes in product offerings while stating that “we continue to focus on our key product pillars: search, communications and digital content”.
Q2 2015 Progress Report On Our Product Prioritization, Yahoo Tumblr (Jun 4 )
- closing Yahoo Maps site;
- shutting down some regional properties – Canada loses Yahoo Music, Yahoo TV
- ending Yahoo Pipes used by developers for mashing together data
Somehow Google Maps will provide search and voice-guided navigation offline – as long as you have GPS.
Google Maps Breakthrough: Search And Navigation Without A Connection by Greg Sterling, Search Engine Land (May 29)
Google Maps on Android and iOS will help you book a restaurant through Open Table and get you to your destination. Great for travel.
Getting started with the new Google Maps By Nicole Cozma, CNet (Nov 6)
Of course – Google would add what it knows about places from Knowledge Graph as “info cards”.
Google’s Knowledge Graph Expands Into Google Maps, Matt McGee, Search Engine Land (May 13)
Wonder what Main Street looked like a few years ago before the condos were built? Google Street View might have just the shot you are looking for.
New Google Maps “Digital Timeline” Shows Street View Images Dating Back 7 Years, Search Engine Land (Apr 23)
Look for clock icon in the upper left-hand portion of a Street View image.
If you work in a large building or on a campus and need to provide maps to facilities, this article on how to use Google Maps for the indoors should help. Describes what to do and lists many resources.
Help Patrons Find Their Way With Indoor Google Maps by Chad Mairn, Computers in Libraries (April)