MSN Virtual Earth vs Google Earth APIs

The battle of APIs between Google and Microsoft continues with the two companies' mapping software - the similarly named earth products seem to be the most popular of the mapping applications.

MSN Virtual Earth entered the space in 2005 and has slowly developed its API.

The use of online mapping is becoming a much used feature of many websites. From tracking diseases to tracking santa the uses are many. There are maps for Grand Theft Auto and the dubious celebrity stalker sites all have made used of mapping software.

About the author

Frank Watson has been involved with the Web since it started. For the past five years, he headed SEM for FXCM -- at one time one of the top 25 spenders with AdWords. He has worked with most of the major analytics companies and pioneered the ability to tie online marketing with offline conversion.

He has now started his own marketing agency, Kangamurra Media. This new venture will keep him busy when he is not editing the Search Engine Watch forums, blogging at a number of authoritative sites, and developing some interesting online community sites.

He was one of the first 100 AdWords Professionals, a Yahoo and Overture Ambassador, and a member or mod of many of the industry forums. He is also on the Click Quality Council and has worked hard to diminish click fraud.