I’ve been having great fun looking at the new interactive maps available on-line. Google’s satellite images on Google Earth (formerly Keyhole) is lots of fun, and the detail on terraserver blows me away.
One of the coolest new developments is Amazon’s A9.com “views” idea. On this map they show you what it would look like if you were standing in a spot on the map. Photos of surrounding features abound, presumably captured by cell phone cams. http://maps.a9.com/
Of course this will soon tie into on-line advertising – so you can get a picture on your cell phone or PDA of the storefront of the business you’re looking for.
Update: Microsoft releases Live Local, with incredible “birds eye” views at 45 degree angles. How long will it be before people start painting their logos and ads on the rooftops. I can see it now. “Great Pizza Here” in bold yellow letters… Perhaps that will be a new business opportunity. Rooftop advertising.