Monday, June 06, 2005

Google Maps thoughts..

The thoughts and discussion about the impact of Google Maps continues. Hit technorati, bloglines or feedster with the search term: "Google Maps" and you'll quickly see the abundant blog posts on the topic. Here are a few that are worthy of note..

Users Accelerate Innovation

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Even so, the best innovations continue to come from “lead users” instead of from companies trying to figure out what the users actually want. That is, it’s not about someone recognizing a market, but rather someone needing something addressed, right now — and doing it themselves for themselves. Google Maps was a great innovation, but Google Maps + Craigslist, and Google Maps + GreaseMonkey, made it even better. As the tools for innovation become more accessible, the pace of individual innovation should begin to accelerate.
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Stefan Hayden discusses GMap Track:

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While gMapTrack still seems kinda of buggy it really looks like it will be as full featured as I had mentioned previously. I really wish google has taken the initiative and added this functionality themselves. It would have blended in nicely with their Google Account system they have going.
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