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Posted on August 29th, 2007 by vinny.
Many thanks to Damien Mulley for his expert advise with this!
Irish mapping service UseAMap.com expands into Facebook Today UseAMap, an Irish service that allows anyone to create custom maps for their website or blog announced that they are expanding their service into Facebook. As a result, 30 Million FaceBook users can put their own custom maps on their profiles. Vinny Glennon from UseAMap stated “Web usage statistics show that FaceBook is the hottest place to be at the moment, with people spending more and more time there connecting with actual people, and ignoring traditional websites and blogs. We’re bringing our service to where the people are at, not expecting them to come to us. This has always been the philosophy of UseAMap which allows people to make their own maps and put them where they want for free.” UseAMap.com allows people to create maps using Google, Yahoo or MSN and save the map with a simple address such as Useamap.com/ourplace and allows the user to embed this map on any website, blog and now also on FaceBook. UseAMap maps are ideal for events and for simple driving instructions to and from your saved location. This week Google announced that they were finally allowing their maps to be embedded too, Glennon does not see them as competition. “We were a year ahead of Google when it came to embeddable maps and we think as a small company with lots of ideas, we can always be a year ahead of them for many other features too. Google has become too big to turn a good idea into a workable product in a short time frame whereas we are far more flexible and in the modern web world, that’s what people want. I hope this product will be seen as modern technology working for people, not working alongside them.” About UseAMap and custom maps: Background: In University, students often got out their MS paint program to draw rough maps of their house location for a small party,etc. Not every student went to art classes, and many times people ended up calling each other asking for directions. Google maps came and greatly improved the situation. But the web address for Google maps are incomphrensibly long addresses that cannot be remembered or easily attached to posters. The same experience naturally also transfers to business and education, which is where UseAMap.com comes in and provides simple, easy to remember map locations for meetings, conferences or simply a license free alternative to using Ordnance Survey maps of any location for geography class rooms. With over 100,000 maps generated on the website over the last 5 months, this example of a public good is set to remain.
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