It’s good to see more map mashups coming from developers working with both MSN Virtual Earth and Yahoo Maps. Here’s a look at just a couple of them. Remember, these are just released apps and bugs are bound to exist.
MSN Virtual Earth
- Virtual Places
Nice! All sorts of “overlays.” Add in images Flickr, travel books about a specific location, weather, local blogs, and more. Coming soon will be a tagging, sharing, and publishing. Btw, Virtual Places says it works with Firefox. However, I had problems when using my Firefox browser. Might be my problem.
- OSX Dashboard Widget for MSN Virtual Earth
For the Mac folks out there.
- Read All About It
Combine MSN Virtual Earth with the Amazon.com book database. Enter a location and find books about the location or events that took place there.
- Local Events Browser
This Ajax-based demo allows you to find events in and around San Francisco. Find events by date and tags. Add events directly to your Yahoo Calendar.
Impressive! Take Yahoo Maps and then add events from Upcoming.org’s (a new Yahoo property) database. You can even add in local traffic, wi-fi hotspots, and ATM’s.
- Geocoding, Local Seach, Traffic API Mash-up with Yahoo Maps!
Useful and easy to use. Enter an address, a local data (like a store name), and then decide to overlay traffic info. Select each button one at a time. Btw, you can use Zip Codes instead of city/town name.