MapQuest is now awesome!
When I saw that MapQuest had just undergone a makeover and new identity, I was shocked, having previously assumed that they would eventually fade into oblivion since Google has dominated mapping for some time now. Mapping is one of the major cornerstones of real estate search, so any advancements in this industry will have a clear cut impact on real estate.
With this new redesign and user experience, could developers begin using MQ over Google? Time will tell, but for now, let’s check out what has changed on the new MapQuest…
According to MapQuest’s announcement today, the new experience includes:
- One-box search for finding directions, maps and businesses
- Enhanced My Maps with a simplified login process using existing services (AOL, OpenID, Yahoo, Google, Facebook and Twitter)
- The ability to easily save and customize information, including My Maps trip itineraries, and share it with friends via social networks
- Ways to plan and personalize travel with notes, anecdotes, landmarks and short cuts; and
Integration of Patch’s directory information into MapQuest’s search results (e.g. restaurants, stores, government offices, local services, parks and schools)
If you’re not into reading or words, just look at this:
Click here for an example of a map I made in the new MQ.
If you hate words AND pictures, just watch this video: