MapQuest Nails the Local Start Page

Filed in Local Search by Matt McGee on September 10, 2008 2 Comments

MapQuest logoI’m very impressed with the new MapQuest Local, a new “local start page” which launched today. Things like this usually work great in Big Cities, then fall apart when you get to smaller towns. But, as I just wrote over on Hyperlocal Blogger, “This is probably the most compelling general local content experience on the web right now.” It pulls in local news from Topix, local photos from Flickr, local events, business listings, and a lot more, and wraps it all up in a solid interface with plenty of customization. And don’t forget — we may do a ton of talking about Google Maps and even Yahoo Local, but the fact is that MapQuest is the #1 map site in the U.S.

For more, head over to Hyperlocal Blogger: MapQuest Wants Your Local Content.

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  1. Chad says:

    Thanks for pointing this out — I haven’t looked at MapQuest in quite some time. I have to say the Topix and weather portion is what makes the local page worthwhile. Although, I don’t know how useful I find the citysbest, dining, and events.

  2. Matt McGee says:

    Chad — the cool thing (one of them, I should say) is that you can remove any widgets you don’t want on your start page. 🙂

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