The writing has been on the virtual wall for some time, but it’s official: mashup pioneer Platial (our Platial profile) is shutting down. Former CEO Di-Ann Eisnor cites server costs of $7,000 per month in an interview with GigaOm.
Do you know anyone with a car glovebox full of inked-up road maps? What a waste of paper (and ink!). Using Google Maps is, of course, the preferred method to mark up maps. One tool that makes it especially easy is Scribble Maps. And now it’s testing “pro” features, a fee-based service with even more features.
When Google announced its Maps Data API (our Google Maps API profile), it provided programmatic access to the features available in the Google My Maps product. With it, developers can create, organize and update maps. Could it also replace a database for holding geographic points?
It seems that the Where 2.0 Conference is full of pleasant surprises. Today, Yahoo announced its Placemaker platform, and Google also announced the release of their Maps Data API (our Maps Data API Profile) as the newest Google Data API.
Mapping APIs and map mashups are the definitive form of mashup platform and application. From Google Maps to AOL Mapquest to Microsoft Virtual Earth and Yahoo! Maps, there are over 50 mapping-related APIs.
So in keeping with this week’s mapping theme, if you look at APIs sorted by type on ProgrammableWeb you can see there are now 44 APIs in the mapping category. That’s a lot of mapping-related APIs and constitutes nearly 10% of all the APIs listed at ProgrammableWeb. They may not all be what you expect. [...]
With O’Reilly’s Where 2.0 Conference in full swing this week there’s been no shortage of online mapping-related news. Highlights range from the Google Maps with Street Views to the launch of the very cool GeoCommons from FortiousOne, the folks behind the GeoIQ API.
API related announcements include:
MapQuest’s new ActionScript API for Adobe Flex and [...]
The maps mashup landscape changed forever yesterday with Google’s announcement of My Maps, a new service which allows non-programmers to easily create maps mashups. With tens of thousands of maps mashups out there already this of course quickly lead to a tremendous increase. And while some of the basic features have been previously available from [...]
Forbes ran an interesting article by Rachel Rosmarin yesterday entitled Making Money From Online Maps. A few interesting tidbits from the story:
The online audience for mapping sites increased by 20% last year.
Mapquest’s monthly audience is 46.4 million visitors, larger than Yahoo! (20 million) and Google (19.1 million) combined.
And that a beneficiary of this competition are [...]