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(Washington Post)   Mapquest is strong competitor in online mapping services. This is not a repeat from 1999   (washingtonpost.com) divider line 31
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2012-05-31 11:25:10 PM
I'll believe it when Apple changes the default map source to Mapquest.
 
2012-05-31 11:31:00 PM
I haven't been to Mapquest in a long, long time. Not since I first saw Google Maps as a matter of fact. Maybe I should check it out again.
 
2012-05-31 11:32:14 PM
Bing mapping service on WP sucks. Nokia Drive and Maps all the way for WP
 
2012-06-01 12:01:27 AM
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2012-06-01 12:09:56 AM
It's going to be hard to beat screwing around on Google Earth. The only map service that actually goes directly to "area 51"
 
2012-06-01 12:14:58 AM

Somaticasual: It's going to be hard to beat screwing around on Google Earth. The only map service that actually goes directly to "area 51"


For even more hard to beat, try screwing around GE in 3D. TriDef
 
2012-06-01 12:27:49 AM

0Icky0: Somaticasual: It's going to be hard to beat screwing around on Google Earth. The only map service that actually goes directly to "area 51"

For even more hard to beat, try screwing around GE in 3D. TriDef




Seriously? Is Fark now getting spammed?
 
2012-06-01 12:29:25 AM
I prefer MapQuest.

That's a good one too.

Google Maps is da best.

True dat.

Double true.
 
2012-06-01 12:44:55 AM

wildcardjack: I'll believe it when Apple changes the default map source to Mapquest.


They should, me thinks. Mapquest iphone app is what I use when driving to unfamiliar places. I hate how the default iphone map app doesn't give spoken directions. Mapquest does. And it's free.

/And you can set your position indicator as a fighter jet.
 
2012-06-01 01:25:56 AM
I love Bing maps on my wp7
 
2012-06-01 01:56:24 AM
I occasionally look at the mapping blogs to see what is new, and apparently Mapquest's latest feature is that you can set it so it won't tell you how to get out of your neighbourhood. Really, so you don't have to skip the first few steps in the directions is the latest selling point?

/people talk about RIM being burned out, next to AOL's Mapquest they are at the cutting edge of innovation and technology
 
2012-06-01 02:01:17 AM
I still use MapQuest pretty often. Its just old habit, directions = MapQuest.
 
2012-06-01 02:57:03 AM
bing sucks, in more way than one.

Bing tries to sting the google King, yet slings chow. ring string fling
 
2012-06-01 03:06:58 AM
The fark it is. Google Maps went haywire on my phone a few weeks ago and I installed the mapquest app as a panacea. Worst phone driving experience ever. Vital information was next to impossible to find at a glance, and no, I don't care where the nearest Holiday Inn is located.

/Was never so glad to be back in the sweet embrace of google maps after that experience.
//Just relocated to a new city to boot
 
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2012-06-01 03:07:37 AM
I made it from Phoenix's airport to a friend's wedding outside Tucson without getting lost, and I made several sightseeing stops along the way with only a handful of wrong turns.

THAT'S A SUCCESS????

WTF happened to looking out the window and reading the signs?

/every time I've tried to use a GPS for navigation it's screwed me up at complicated highway interchanges

//gonna get a paper map for the kids to keep track of the drive on this summer's road trip vacation
 
2012-06-01 04:17:29 AM

Kraftwerk Orange: Seriously? Is Fark now getting spammed?


How dare anybody suggest a mapping add-on in a mapping thread.
 
2012-06-01 04:20:05 AM
MapQuest: still a fail.

MapQuest: "Enter address, business, or landmark"

"Verrazano Bridge"
We could not find "Verrazano Bridge"
Please try your search again.

"Verrazano-Narrows Bridge"
Search Results
The Narrows
Malta, ID


This is why I use Google Maps on my phone rather than my old Magellan. Magellan needs addresses; Google can handle landmarks.
 
2012-06-01 05:05:39 AM
I use as many non-google services as possible, and mapquest works fine.
 
2012-06-01 06:08:17 AM

ArcadianRefugee: MapQuest: still a fail.

MapQuest: "Enter address, business, or landmark"

"Verrazano Bridge"
We could not find "Verrazano Bridge"
Please try your search again.

"Verrazano-Narrows Bridge"
Search Results
The Narrows
Malta, ID


This is why I use Google Maps on my phone rather than my old Magellan. Magellan needs addresses; Google can handle landmarks.


and right there, you've done more exhaustive research than this waste of an article.


/What about MapBlast, is that still around?
//not like I really care...
 
2012-06-01 06:59:06 AM
I'm for Google Maps, as they actually respond to the occasional correction I send in.

/maphead
//anal-retentive does, in fact, have a hyphen
 
2012-06-01 08:51:54 AM

The Smails Kid: I prefer MapQuest.

That's a good one too.

Google Maps is da best.

True dat.

Double true.


It's all about the Hamiltons, baby.
 
2012-06-01 09:26:30 AM
Let's say I need to get to 123 xyz street. I search for the address. First hit in google is a tiny google maps of the location. Awesome. Click the image and google maps loads. Press the "get directions" button and I get directions to that address from my house (default location).

Easy peasey livin' greesy.

Map who, now?
 
2012-06-01 09:41:49 AM

butt-nuggets: bing sucks, in more way than one.


Bing does have the 3/4 view, which I find extremely useful. But other than that, Google maps is about the only time I still use Google.
 
2012-06-01 10:11:47 AM
The birds eye view on Bing is pretty awesome, with 4 different angles from overhead. We used it and Google streets view quite a bit while looking for a new house. Saved us tons of time, cutting houses from our list upon seeing the neighborhood and other near-by buildings without needing to do it all in person.

Bing seems to have a new street view thing going on, and it looks pretty awesome now that I'm playing with it, I like the way it navigates and scrolls a LOT more than Google streets view, looks like they did some sort of 3D mapping or something
But... limited in coverage, only main roads and highways in some areas. I can't recall a time when Google's street view was missing a location I wanted to see.

I hope either Bing continues to expand their street view to cover more roads OR it lights a fire under Google to improve theirs
 
2012-06-01 10:40:39 AM

theurge14: The Smails Kid: I prefer MapQuest.

That's a good one too.

Google Maps is da best.

True dat.

Double true.

It's all about the Hamiltons, baby.


Girl acted like she'd never seen a ten before.
 
2012-06-01 01:23:12 PM
Party like its 1999 baby!
/When I was five...
 
2012-06-01 01:33:05 PM

0Icky0: Kraftwerk Orange: Seriously? Is Fark now getting spammed?

How dare anybody suggest a mapping add-on in a mapping thread.


How dare anybody suggest a direct link to a "BUY NOW" page is spam.
 
2012-06-01 04:41:13 PM
If ya need to find a street that's only been there 6 months or less, MapQuest will usually have it.
 
2012-06-01 08:20:06 PM
A few years ago Google started using a cheaper map data provider, the newer one seems to miss a lot of things like new streets in new subdivisions.

Bing has aerial photography which is a lot better then Goggle's satellite view.

I still use google for most things, but I'd use Bing if I could set it up to work with keyword searches in Firefox.
 
2012-06-01 09:20:48 PM
Google maps definitely has tons of mistakes. Like roads that appear continuous but have a break.

Plus they've never made it possible to just do a no-hassle print of the farking map. How hard is that? No I don't want formatted directions, I don't want some half-cut off bullshiat, I want what's on the screen. These guys are supposed to be programming geniuses and they can't do this? So you either have to fark around with preview and see what gets cut off, or you do a screen cap and paste and crop it yourself. So stupid.

Why would I want a print, you say, why not just use a GPS or my phone or blah blah blah? Because a simple sheet of paper is farking 8 times the area of a phone or GPS, and it's a lot easier to just pick up and glance at for the 2 turns I need to make than trying to drive and pinch and zoom and rotate a phone that maybe lost signal and can't load the map right when I need it. GPS not so bad to use, but somebody stole my last one and busted the window getting it so fark that.
 
2012-06-02 07:58:43 PM
I stopped using MapQuest ages ago. I swear it was sponsored by each states transportation authority to make you drive on every toll road possible regardless if it took longer.
 
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