MapQuest introduces draggable maps

MapQuest introduced their take on draggable maps. The maps themselves are nicer than Microsoft’s and Yahoo’s, but not at the same level as Google’s, both in terms of appearance and performance.

One big disappointment: If you do a search using the “Find Nearby” function, the results are rendered on a small non-draggable map.

A few other things I’d like to see:

  • Aerial views, ideally on par with Microsoft’s bird’s eye view.
  • A single search box that parses out what I’m looking for, instead of making me chop the query into street address, city and state. More often than not, I’m cutting and pasting an address.
  • An inset of the surrounding area that lets you quickly pan around the area.

About Rakesh Agrawal

Rakesh Agrawal is Senior Director of product at Amazon (Audible). Previously, he launched local and mobile products for Microsoft and AOL. He tweets at @rakeshlobster.
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