Archive for April, 2007

How to get your information into Google Maps: Update

April 28th, 2007

For those of you who are waiting for the next installment in the How to get your information into Google Maps series, here’s a quick update.

Writing the last two articles about Local Ads and User Generated Content is taking longer than I thought it would take. Especially the one about Local Ads.

The local features of Adwords are difficult to test just for the sake of an article, without running a real campaign.

So keep your eyes posted on this blog, next week the last 2 articles will be published.

In the mean time, if you’re Dutch, you may wanna check out the Dutch version of this series. It’s not just a translated version, but it will also be adapted to the Dutch Google Maps (if possible and needed).

The Next Web Awards

April 27th, 2007

During The Next Web Conference there will an award ceremony for the Next Web Awards. The website describes these awards as:

The Next Web Awards are the world wide web public awards for most promising and upcoming services and people.

So these are awards for future accomplishments 🙂

The most interesting thing about these awards is the voting process. In most elections every vote has equal power, but not in this one. You can gain voting power by voting in every category and by inviting others to vote also. Any vote can count up to 12 times in the election. On the Awards website you can see what you need to do to gain this power.

See Patrick’s post about how they came up with the idea for a new voting system.

Go to and start voting, or use the widget on the right of this page so my votes will gain power 😉

Started Dutch Blog

April 21st, 2007

Today I started a new weblog, this time a Dutch one.

When I started this blog (the one you’re reading right now) I made the decision to primarily write in English

Last few weeks I ran into multiple subjects which were all Dutch oriented, but I never wrote about them because it just didn’t feel right to mix Dutch and English postings.

Also when writing my series about Google Maps I discovered there isn’t much written about this subject in Dutch, so I’m going to translate the articles into Dutch.

All of this made me decide to start a new (Dutch) weblog. This doesn’t mean the English one will cease to exist. I’m planning to write more and keep both blogs up-to-date. Sometimes I’ll write about the same subject on both blogs, but I don’t want to make the Dutch one just a translated version of the English one (or visa versa).

How to get your information into Google Maps (4): Local Business Center

April 14th, 2007

In the previous article in the ‘how to get your information into Google Maps’ series I talked about the 3rd party sources Google is using for their data on Google Maps. After reading this article you’re ready to get your hands dirty and start adding your own business information by using the Local Business Center.


How to get your information into Google Maps (3): Local data suppliers

April 7th, 2007

I think the most important source of data for Google Maps are the local data suppliers or 3rd party sources.

The biggest difference between the webcrawling results and 3rd party sources is the structure of the data. 3rd Party sources know what the address fields are, how the extra data like reviews is structured, etc. While data from the crawlers isn’t structure at all, as we saw in the previous post.


How to get your information into Google Maps (2): Webcrawler

April 5th, 2007

Today was an important day because of Google’s announcements about My Maps and KML search. I’ll talk about these later on in this series, when I’m writing about user generated sources.

This post is about the business data Google gets by crawling the Internet and the use of addresses on your website.


How to get your information into Google Maps (1)

April 4th, 2007

Google is adding more and more localized information to Google Maps. They are adding information about local businesses, restaurants, hotels, public transport and even live traffic information (at this moment only available for the US).

What the sources are for the information Google displays on the maps isn’t very clear to a lot of people.

At last week’s Geo Developer day I also discovered not a lot of people know how they can control their own information on the maps by using the Google Local Business center.

In this series of posts I’ll write about the sources Google uses and ways how to add or edit your own information.

First let’s start with an introduction.