Zvents CEO says Yahoo to open up its map API

Yahoo!

Ethan Stock, CEO of Zvents, says that Yahoo is telling him that tomorrow they’ll take the limitations off of Yahoo’s mapping APIs. If that’s true, I have to really thank Yahoo for doing this.

Why? Well, this puts the ball squarely in our court. Er, in Virtual Earth’s court.

Disruption!

Oh, I like this disruption game a lot! (And, yes, we haven’t heard the last of the disruptions in the mapping and advertising and services businesses. Not by a long shot. The mapping game is just getting started and will be going for years.

Next up on the disruption schedule? Gillmor Gang, tomorrow. I wanted to take the day off of blogging and all this stuff but I keep getting disrupted. Heheh.

Another disruption? Microsoft is starting to do acquisitions again. Alex Barnett covers our acquisition of FolderShare.

Comments

  1. Man, you make parody easy.

    Disruption junction, what’s your function?
    Hooking up words and phrases and making ‘em function.
    Disruption junction, how’s that function?
    I like tying up words and phrases and clauses.
    Disruption, watch that function.

    Lay off the Steve Gillmor mind-alerting drugs, please. Just say no.

  2. Man, you make parody easy.

    Disruption junction, what’s your function?
    Hooking up words and phrases and making ‘em function.
    Disruption junction, how’s that function?
    I like tying up words and phrases and clauses.
    Disruption, watch that function.

    Lay off the Steve Gillmor mind-alerting drugs, please. Just say no.

  3. Robert, have you checked out the Yahoo! Maps beta? It’s actually really sweet from the two minutes I’ve spent playing with it. Some of the interesting features I noticed are:
    -the mini map. very cool. Besides making it easier to make fast adjustments to the map without loading huge panels of map data, you can also preview your zoom level with it to get right where you want (or you can just collapse it if you don’t want it)
    -all adjustments show up in the URL bar so you don’t need to generate a link with a button.
    -the caveat with the above feature is that you may have too many map versions in the history to browse to whatever page you were on before yahoo maps (i.e. get a tabbed browser: mozilla.org)
    -live traffic. Not too much with this, but I did find some construction zones in Boston
    -for yahoo, it’s a pretty non-jumbled app

    I’ve only spent a few minutes with it though. It looks like a candidate for my favorite mapping app, but that’ll take more testing. I haven’t tried out the API yet, but other mapping APIs definitely leave something to be desired. But it looks like Yahoo has geocoding right in the API so you don’t have to use a separate web service, which pretty much automatically makes it the winner for me (unless Google or MSN have finally put that in their APIs)

  4. Robert, have you checked out the Yahoo! Maps beta? It’s actually really sweet from the two minutes I’ve spent playing with it. Some of the interesting features I noticed are:
    -the mini map. very cool. Besides making it easier to make fast adjustments to the map without loading huge panels of map data, you can also preview your zoom level with it to get right where you want (or you can just collapse it if you don’t want it)
    -all adjustments show up in the URL bar so you don’t need to generate a link with a button.
    -the caveat with the above feature is that you may have too many map versions in the history to browse to whatever page you were on before yahoo maps (i.e. get a tabbed browser: mozilla.org)
    -live traffic. Not too much with this, but I did find some construction zones in Boston
    -for yahoo, it’s a pretty non-jumbled app

    I’ve only spent a few minutes with it though. It looks like a candidate for my favorite mapping app, but that’ll take more testing. I haven’t tried out the API yet, but other mapping APIs definitely leave something to be desired. But it looks like Yahoo has geocoding right in the API so you don’t have to use a separate web service, which pretty much automatically makes it the winner for me (unless Google or MSN have finally put that in their APIs)