New AskCity doesn’t find Amsterdam

Hmmm, wonder why Google’s brand in my brain is going up and not down?

You have to look no further than the new “AskCity” which is all the rage this morning over on TechMeme.

First, a little aside. Why can Google do maps with one input box while Microsoft, Yahoo, and Ask need two? That’s lame. Major kudos to Google. It simply is easier to use. And, yes, this is a major reason why I use Google instead of the others. Why? Cause I’ve done hundreds of map searches and invariably I put the wrong thing in the wrong box. Hey, I’m a “stupid Americun.” But Google makes me feel smart ALWAYS.

But, then, I ask Live.com, Google Maps, Yahoo Maps, and AskCity to find me Amsterdam on a map. Just type “Amsterdam” into any of these and see what it does.

Google, Yahoo, and Live do just fine, but AskCity takes me someplace in the United States. Lame. Strike two.

The bar has gotten higher for local services. If you aren’t international you won’t beat Google. Even for a “stupid Americun.”

Oh, and Google was faster than the rest of them too.

Comments

  1. Yes! Hopefully when you get to back to the US you can drill this message home to more people – the world is a big place.

    Oh, I also hate it when the United States of America comes first in some alphabetical lists of countries….

  2. Yes! Hopefully when you get to back to the US you can drill this message home to more people – the world is a big place.

    Oh, I also hate it when the United States of America comes first in some alphabetical lists of countries….

  3. It doesn’t do much better with “London”. Even “England” takes you to what looks like a little town called England, Ohio.

    Sheesh, couldn’t you guys think of some original names for your towns? ;-)

  4. It doesn’t do much better with “London”. Even “England” takes you to what looks like a little town called England, Ohio.

    Sheesh, couldn’t you guys think of some original names for your towns? ;-)

  5. Ask launches AskCity, a local search engine

    In una puntata di Web al 100%, Antonio Gulli di Ask.com, uno dei motori di ricerca alternativi ai leader del mercato, aveva annunciato nuovi servizi (almeno nella versione dot-com) senza spingersi oltre nei dettagli. Ho notato nella bar della home di A…

  6. [...] However, Robert Scoble, ever the critical mind (and I love him for it), found one crucial flaw in the application. Namely, that it doesn’t seem to include international locales in its search results. For example, here’s what Scoble found when he typed in a search for “Amsterdam”: But, then, I ask Live.com, Google Maps, Yahoo Maps, and AskCity to find me Amsterdam on a map. Just type “Amsterdam” into any of these and see what it does. [...]

  7. Google uses two boxes when you click on business listings. One box or two, AskCity at leasts returns restaurants when I search for “restaurants” in “san francico” or “dc”. Google gives me 6 hotels in the top 10 results and 4 out of the top four. Maybe AskCity is US only, but at least it can tell the difference between a restaurant and a hotel.

  8. Google uses two boxes when you click on business listings. One box or two, AskCity at leasts returns restaurants when I search for “restaurants” in “san francico” or “dc”. Google gives me 6 hotels in the top 10 results and 4 out of the top four. Maybe AskCity is US only, but at least it can tell the difference between a restaurant and a hotel.

  9. Forget Google Maps or a laptop all together, I use my Nokia N93 with Yahoo Search (S60 software), which has local search (yellow/white pages), combined with map. All in an instant & suweet.

    Above else, have a great time, Robert! Too bad we can’t join.

  10. Forget Google Maps or a laptop all together, I use my Nokia N93 with Yahoo Search (S60 software), which has local search (yellow/white pages), combined with map. All in an instant & suweet.

    Above else, have a great time, Robert! Too bad we can’t join.

  11. Robert, I don’t disagree. However, the PM states that international is coming in 2007. I have no problem with them launching the product and then quickly adding international support. In fact, launching early & adding features (like Intl) actually seems like a better approach.

  12. Robert, I don’t disagree. However, the PM states that international is coming in 2007. I have no problem with them launching the product and then quickly adding international support. In fact, launching early & adding features (like Intl) actually seems like a better approach.

  13. Hey Robert, I’m not sure if it’s fair to say that Yahoo requires two boxes for map search. Single input for an address on either Google or Yahoo. The difference comes in doing direction mapping. In that case, the second box is for your next destination when getting directions(which leads to a third box, should you be mapping a multi-point route).

    Now, I’m sure we could debate if the onebox approach is most appropriate for directions. I would say you’d have a tough time arguing that it’s hands down the best way to go about that use case, though.

  14. Hey Robert, I’m not sure if it’s fair to say that Yahoo requires two boxes for map search. Single input for an address on either Google or Yahoo. The difference comes in doing direction mapping. In that case, the second box is for your next destination when getting directions(which leads to a third box, should you be mapping a multi-point route).

    Now, I’m sure we could debate if the onebox approach is most appropriate for directions. I would say you’d have a tough time arguing that it’s hands down the best way to go about that use case, though.

  15. i seem to remember google maps being terrible concerning the rotw when it first appeared, give them a chance to sort it out internationally and I’m sure it’ll be a different stroke for diff….
    i expect all the map making companies are pleased another search engine is giving away its business for free

  16. i seem to remember google maps being terrible concerning the rotw when it first appeared, give them a chance to sort it out internationally and I’m sure it’ll be a different stroke for diff….
    i expect all the map making companies are pleased another search engine is giving away its business for free

  17. When I search for burgers in ny on AskCity, I actually get real local burger places, not 10 results for Burger King like Google brings up. I understand Burger King serves burgers, but I(and most people as well) don’t need web to tell me that, neither do I need reviews for Burger King. At least AskCity is smart enough to understand that.

  18. When I search for burgers in ny on AskCity, I actually get real local burger places, not 10 results for Burger King like Google brings up. I understand Burger King serves burgers, but I(and most people as well) don’t need web to tell me that, neither do I need reviews for Burger King. At least AskCity is smart enough to understand that.