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googlewank (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 years ago | (#19824199)

You guys really love talking about Google, eh?

How about you give it a bit of a rest and put some real tech news on here?

Re:googlewank (0, Flamebait)

Teresita (982888) | about 7 years ago | (#19824221)

This is why Google is beating Microsuckware, no way would Redmond encourage Windows or Office hacks.

Re:googlewank (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 years ago | (#19824317)


You silly little child.

Re:google-what, now? (2, Insightful)

trippeh (1097403) | about 7 years ago | (#19824421)

When Redmond start doing hilariously tragic things involving satellite mapping and invasion of privacy, then sure, we'll talk about it. But for now, Google is funnier.

Re:google-what, now? (0, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 years ago | (#19824811)

hilariously tragic
So, for now, Redmond focuses on the tragically hilarious, e.g. Vista.

Re:google-what, now? (1)

ralewi1 (919193) | about 7 years ago | (#19827895)

Microsoft was involved in satellite mapping (Terraserver - June 1998) before Google existed (September 1998), and its operating systems have a nasty tendency to "phone home." Google's contextual ads and web-based services warrant a watchful eye, but "Street View"'s blurry panoramas don't bother me a bit.

Re:googlewank (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 years ago | (#19824251)

Why are you surprised?

Microsoft and Google are the two biggest tech companies out there, so it's only natural that most of the stories on Slashdot will be about one of them.

And then the rest are the odd Linux and Sci-Fi story thrown in, and a smattering of left-wing politics stories. Oh, and some long rambling commentary from Bennett Haselton about spam or something.

Re:googlewank (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 years ago | (#19825161)

LOL fukin niggers

MODERATORS!!! (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 years ago | (#19824435)

mod parent up

Re:googlewank (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 years ago | (#19824493)

Yeah, it's no surprise Slashdot's readership has halved over the past year, as users migrate to better sites such as reddit and digg.

Re:googlewank (1)

VJ42 (860241) | about 7 years ago | (#19825417)

Yet you're still here. If those other sites are so much better, why are you still posting on /.?

Man, DIGG is GAYER than even slashdong (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 years ago | (#19830185)

true story

Mapplets, Eh? (3, Interesting)

ronadams (987516) | about 7 years ago | (#19824201)

From TFA:

Google is hoping to unite the information mishmash by encouraging mashup developers to package the creations into mini-applications called "mapplets" that will be posted under the "My Maps" section of Google's Web site.
It will be interesting to see what the TOS for mapplets will be, and how this might effect existing mashups. Already there are mashups used to generate profit for companies, and mashups that require paid access to use. Will Google attempt to swallow all mashups via centralization, and perhaps making it very difficult to create future mashups except through this forthcoming service? In other words, is Google trying to corner the mashup market?

Visual Schematic of Google Products / API (2, Interesting)

bossvader (560071) | about 7 years ago | (#19824603)

If you want to see a visual / live schematic off all the Google Apps and API's take a look at this. []

Now thats a mighty mashup!

Re:Visual Schematic of Google Products / API (1)

homey of my owney (975234) | about 7 years ago | (#19825939)

This is great. And amazingly accurate.
They probably don't want this out, or the stock will slip to a realistic level.

Mapplets not Apps (4, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 years ago | (#19824207)

Now, users with Google log-ins will be able to pick from more than 100 mapplets to customize and save their own maps. Google expects the number of mapplets to increase as word about the service spreads. To encourage the phenomenon, Google's own engineers also contributed mapplets.
It sounds like this is still going to be just mapplets, not applications like the summary says.

I also think this explains why they've been adamant about everyone who uses Google Maps having to ping their servers--if you're using overlays of data or information, they want it as an option for users of these mashups.

God, I hate these new terms but I suppose I'll be using them on a daily basis in the future like everyone else.

Re:Mapplets not Apps (0, Offtopic)

ronadams (987516) | about 7 years ago | (#19824261)

I, for one, welcome our new Web 2.0 Buzzword Overlords.

Re:Mapplets not Apps (1)

skidv (656766) | about 7 years ago | (#19829101)

Isn't this mashups 2.0? The aggregation of aggregation applications?

Mapquest vs Google Maps (2, Interesting)

bogaboga (793279) | about 7 years ago | (#19824267)

I used to be an avid Mapquest user till I discovered Google maps. The map application from Google is much better than that of Mapquest in my opinion and I find that Yahoo maps is always wrong when it comes to Canadian locations.

I still wonder why Mapquest is so much popular as compared to Google Maps.

Re:Mapquest vs Google Maps (1)

ColdCoffee (664886) | about 7 years ago | (#19824309)

It's all about habit formation. Changing consumer habits is like pushing water up hill. MapQuest was first to market, so in most minds, it is still the de-facto 'direction finder thingy'. ...and agreed - Google Maps/Directions trumps MapQuest big time.

Re:Mapquest vs Google Maps (1)

itlurksbeneath (952654) | about 7 years ago | (#19825717)

I'd imagine it's also the thousands of existing sites like phone books, real estate sites, etc. that link to Mapquest for mapping services. I'd be interested to know how many PEOPLE visit Google Maps vs. Mapquest if you take those embedded, no choice links out of the picture.

Re:Mapquest vs Google Maps (2, Informative)

EMeta (860558) | about 7 years ago | (#19824355)

In the states at least, Mapquest's directions engine is slightly better than Google Maps'. Usually they're identical, but when they differ, 95% of the time Mapquest is better. But it's so much less pretty, & doesn't integrate business or address search as well, so I still primarily use Google's, myself.

Re:Mapquest vs Google Maps (2, Interesting)

IndieKid (1061106) | about 7 years ago | (#19824963)

I must admit I just had to look up MapQuest as I'd never heard of it. I live in the UK and over here services such as Streetmap [] and Multimap [] are probably the most popular 'legacy' services. I wouldn't be surprised if Google Maps was the most popular these days though.

I've been using the My Maps functionality of Google Maps quite a lot recently to keep private maps of where my friends live etc. - especially useful for those I don't visit very often as it works like a geo-tagged address book. I can certainly see myself slowly adding more mapplets to my standard google maps view as this feature evolves.

(Slightly off-topic, I absolutely love the Customise your route [] functionality Google have recently added)

Re:Mapquest vs Google Maps (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 years ago | (#19837559)

+2 kudos to you, the customize feature is ever so useful, I used to go into google earth to do the same thing

Re:Mapquest vs Google Maps (1)

vonhammer (992352) | about 7 years ago | (#19826175)

Well, for one thing, Mapquest is RESTful by default, while Google maps isn't. You can copy the html link from Mapquest and insert it into an email or a webpage. In order to do this with Google maps, you have to click on the cleverly hidden "Link to this page" link and then copy it out. Much easier for people to use Mapquest.

Re:Mapquest vs Google Maps (0, Flamebait)

AmberBlackCat (829689) | about 7 years ago | (#19829699)

I still wonder why Mapquest is so much popular as compared to Google Maps.

Maybe because it's good. Maybe because it was there first. Maybe because not everybody loves Google unconditionally. Maybe because you don't need a satellite image to find directions. I don't know.

Re:Mapquest vs Google Maps (1)

ByteofK (952750) | about 7 years ago | (#19832561)

I used to swear by Mapquest. But then they took away their services, and they also reduced the size of the available map. Since then I think both have returned, but too late. I like Google Maps above all, and will only switch to Microsoft's maps when I need some better imaging (for example the town I live in has aerial shots whereas Google only has very low detailed satellite images), or Mapquest when I want county lines. Or Multimap when I want actual maps from the UK.

Leviathon? (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 years ago | (#19824271)

What's a Leviathon? I'm guessing either a bunch of sea serpents running a race, or a contest to see who can levitate the highest. So which is it?

Re:Leviathon? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 years ago | (#19832743)

So commenting about the tags is offtopic now?

Ironic (3, Funny)

WegianWarrior (649800) | about 7 years ago | (#19824287)

News on Google, reported by Yahoo...

Irony, thy name is Internet.

Re:Ironic (1)

pointfiftyae (993509) | about 7 years ago | (#19824443)


Google's maps attracted 28.9 million U.S. visitors, a 28 percent increase from the same time last year [...]. Meanwhile, Yahoo's mapping traffic fell 12 percent [...]
Very ironic indeed...

From the Horse's Mouth (3, Informative)

molo (94384) | about 7 years ago | (#19824331)

Here is the documentation on mapplets [] .


Who mashes the mashups? (1)

ClayJar (126217) | about 7 years ago | (#19824361)

So, basically, Google takes the Google Maps mashups and makes a mashup of them, if you want to think of it like that?

Or, perhaps, might one better think of it as potato flakes -- i.e. making it so users can get their mashups pre-mashed.

Google evil? (1)

EraserMouseMan (847479) | about 7 years ago | (#19826877)

Well Microsoft has a product called that does mashups with anybody's maps and many other sites and services.

Is Google ripping the idea off of MS?

Smart Idea (1)

ThisIsWhyImHot (1121637) | about 7 years ago | (#19824365)

This is a great idea because it'll take the work that everyone else did and lump it into a site that all google users can access. It'll take what was so good about google maps (the ability to build 'maplets') and make them easily accesible. I'm sure they'll create them in a way that the third parties can still make money off their own applications too.

Fantastic (1)

CmdrGravy (645153) | about 7 years ago | (#19824373)

Sounds like a great idea to me, the only real hurdle I can see remaining is the source data these mashups use which, at least in the UK, are owned by the government but strangely not available for the use of the people.

The UK postcode database is one such example which isn't available except at vast expense but there are others, the most relevant currently being flood data which is gathered, at the taxpayers expense, but not available for use except, again, at a large cost.

Since the government clearly aren't that interested in listening the people who'd like this to change I'd like to see Google exerting a bit of pressure in this arena, they may not benefit directly but indirectly with free data I suspect there would be an explosion of mashups from which they could benefit.

And how exactly is this news? (2, Informative)

jolyonr (560227) | about 7 years ago | (#19824387)

This was announced at the Google Developer Day back in May, and has been pretty much public knowledge since then.


Re:And how exactly is this news? (1)

caluml (551744) | about 7 years ago | (#19825715)

Perhaps it's news to those of us that don't hang out with Google employees, or attend their Developer Days, or subscribe to "The Google Times".

What you really wanted to say was: "Oooh, look at me - I'm so l33t that I heard about this in May. Give me your cred points now."

Dear Slashdot (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 years ago | (#19824441)

Could you please make a topic for all items that include the word 'mashup' so I can remove them all at once from the front page?

dreaming (1)

Takichi (1053302) | about 7 years ago | (#19824467)

And here I was dreaming of them adding their My Maps interface into their standard api. Looks like they're more interested in adding your site to their service, rather than the other way around.

Re:dreaming (1)

Sloppy (14984) | about 7 years ago | (#19826865)

Looks like they're more interested in adding your site to their service, rather than the other way around.

Exactly. Seems like every time I check out some cool new feature from Google, I come to the conclusion that even if I like what they've done, I can't really work with them; they're the competition.

Not blaming anyone or complaining.

Everybody wants to be "on top" and use the other guys as components. What it really comes down to is this: users, please look at the ads from our sponsors.

Mashup (0, Offtopic)

Exitar (809068) | about 7 years ago | (#19824815)

Did the word "Mashup" exist before "Web 2.0"?

Re:Mashup (0, Offtopic)

dayjn (942897) | about 7 years ago | (#19824953)

I think mashup is a great word. It originally started as a cool synonym for music sampling and has proved flexible like lots of great popular terms, such as cool itself. There are lots of other newish words out now that are annoying, but not this one. But then again, such terms run the risk of being overused. Regardless, youngsters nowadays will probably say it lots (especially if they know that it bothers some grumpy older folk) and we all should get used to it!

Re:Mashup (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 years ago | (#19825063)

Yep. I'm more familliar with Music Mashups. I have a collection of c64, Mod, and NES tunes "mashed-up" with popular music. Some of them are as old as 1999.

Whats next? (1)

pablo_max (626328) | about 7 years ago | (#19824837)

Really makes you wonder what google will add to their maps next.
I was thinking that they will end up linking live video streams similar to the way they have the 1st person intersection photos. I think this must come in the end..There are so many folks out there who will have the iPhone and as we all know you MUST use it with "all you can eat" data plan. So its not a stretch to assume that this could be a feature built into an iphone or any other phone. Just a thought it would be cool to see whats going on live anywhere at anytime.

Re:What's next? How about Print? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 years ago | (#19827005)

How about a facility for printing the overlays? At the moment, users cannot put their own markings on convenient, old-fashioned paper: only Google's map underlay can be printed. Add mashup printing, and you would be able to plan a pedestrian or cycling route, print, tape it to your handlebars and away you would go.

Apartment hunting (1)

dj245 (732906) | about 7 years ago | (#19824887)

I could use something like this right now. I'm trying to find an apartment in Houston. The trouble is, all of these apartment complexes mostly have the same amenities. For the most part, they all accept cats, they all have a pool, a fitness center, and a balcony/porch. They all have onsite laundry or in-unit washer-dryer. The amenity differentiators so far seem to be the inclusion or exclusion of AC from the rent, and the inclusion of cable or internet. The only other thing separating these places is location.

These apartment complexes are so similar that you would swear one company build and owns all of them (this is probably the case). If you haven't lived in an area with lots of these managed apartment buildings, you probably won't understand. I never saw anything like this in Maine.

Initially I tried to keep track of the apartments I was interested in in a spreadsheet. But location is one of the only important differentiators. I really need a map with filtered metadata.

Re:Apartment hunting (2, Informative)

corbettw (214229) | about 7 years ago | (#19825205)

Someone already made this, it mashes up the data from Craigslist apartment listings with a map from Google Maps. Housing Maps [] . It's pretty cool, when I stumbled on it I had one of those why-didn't-I-think-of-that moments.

Direct link to Houston listings. []

Google Mapplets, Unite! (3, Funny)

wombert (858309) | about 7 years ago | (#19825187)

Do they form the shape of a large robot and fight evil?

Re:Google Mapplets, Unite! (1)

lessermilton (863868) | about 7 years ago | (#19825497)

Go go Google Rangers!
Can I be the Green Google Ranger?

Re:Google Mapplets, Unite! (1)

mc2thaH (920212) | about 7 years ago | (#19830055)

Yeah, I think the robot is called Google (except it only fights evil sometimes)

popfly... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 years ago | (#19826287)

MS already doing this with popfly ( yawn.

Now people lose adsense payments? (1)

stickystyle (799509) | about 7 years ago | (#19826601)

So a lot of the mashup's I have seen usually have some google ads on the mashup site, thus giving the developer a few pennies for their work. Now google wants developers to write the code so it can be displayed on google's own site thus google get the code for free, and they get their adwords money from advertisers, removing the adsense payout part.
Good idea google, kudos.

Lord of the Rings (1)

Comatose51 (687974) | about 7 years ago | (#19826823)

One map to rule them all and in the darkness bind them.

Doesn't this already exist? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 years ago | (#19827153)

I thought it was called Cross Site Scripting (XSS)....

I would like to have more stuff in Google Maps API (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 years ago | (#19830547)

Right now using Google API I can't integrate routes direction services, but just static maps. I would like to be able to embed mapplets for my own project. But they are available only on Google Maps website.

Also for Google Maps there are Navteq maps, while if use Google API you have Tele Atlas that are less accurate.
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