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Entries from May 16th, 2008

Google Layermania is Vertical Search

May 16th, 2008 · 1 Comment · Destination Marketing

Some days back I was searching Google Maps and noticed the “Explore this Area” link. I guess I was too busy or something to fully digest the implications of this. Then, I notice the “More” layer appear next to “Map”. Photos from Panoramio?

Panaramio on Google Maps

Then on Tuesday, my favorite Google Map gossip site announced the arrival of Wikipedia entries. Now they got my attention BIG TIME. Watch out Mapquest, Google is about to knock you off the top spot.

I mentioned this to Dave P. from Google yesterday, but it kind of seemed like news to him as well. Question: What is Google doing with the layers? What layers are coming next?

I just answered one of my own burning questions. And the answer is Yes. Google is entering into vertical search across their platforms and more. Holy Crap!

While we were blabbing, the Real Estate layer was added. And News is coming next week.

Explore by location. Map layers by category. Geotagged webpages, video, images, blogs, hotels, attractions.

Will this eliminate the need for user created maps? Or will the human filter again rise to the top?

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Reimagining New York

May 16th, 2008 · No Comments · Destination Marketing

Ever since I saw the reference to I Am Legend and the post-apocalyptic squirrel on grassy logo, I can’t stop seeing Will Smith dancing around as the Fresh Prince. I love that show.

A fun and relatively productive Governor’s Tourism Shindig was the activity of the day. It’s good to “come down from the hills” and see some city people every now and then. I even got a haircut just for the occasion. I’ll give you my highlights and some bonus pictures after the jump.

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The Adirondack Wave

May 15th, 2008 · No Comments · News

Hey! Adirondacks Bloggers! Who else is seeing mammoth traffic from people searching for Adirondack stuff? I had no idea that the PBS thing would get such heavy play. Our “official” tourism site is not only riding a wave, it’s almost a Tsunami.

Update: After a couple days, things have slowed a bit, but the most interesting thing I’ve learned is that everyone is Googling “The Point”. Strange how the website is still up since they were sold.  Are they still taking reservations?