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, 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.

More expos and conferences giving bloggers credentials

I hear that CES this year is going to sign up bloggers as press for the first time. I’ll try to learn more about that and get back to you on the blog here. The official press registration page doesn’t yet have information about the blogger credentials at CES.

Meanwhile, the Pueblo Grande Museum is offering credentials for the 30th Anniversary Indian Market next weekend in Phoenix, Arizona.

Matt Cutts wins my “corporate blog of the week” award for Google

I should have a corporate blog of the week. I don’t. But if I did, this post by Matt Cutts (he heads the webspam team for Google) would win it. He explains why Google kicked a site out of their index and gives Google’s side of the story clearly, simply, and engagingly.

In other news, Rex Sorgatz (thanks to Anil) has a list of great blogs that you probably aren’t reading. Hey, where’s the OPML file?

Tonight in Amsterdam…

We’re meeting at hotel Wiechmann at 7 p.m. and then heading to Dauphine for dinner at about 7:30. Peter van Teeseling is arranging the dinner. Tom Koch, who keeps the wonderful Outlook Express tips and tricks website and is one of my favorite Microsoft MVPs, might meet me later this afternoon will meet me at 4:30 p.m. at Anne Frank’s house. Hopefully we fit a tour of Anne Frank’s house in there too (I should be over there at about 3:30 p.m.).

Tomorrow, Tuesday, is a travel day, we’re heading back to the states, will be back in the evening, so will be offline.