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Yahoo Maps

Web-based Global Mapping Service

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Published 05/01/2012 and rated Ratingstars5 c21e7556dea405c4c617ae7912790fddc1528d86b37e21662acd09b1a692fdcc 5 out of 5 stars
by AppAppeal Editor
What can you use the app for?

Yahoo Maps is an online mapping service that helps users find locations, directions, businesses and other data related to geography. The website greets new users with a large, colorful map. The user can zoom in or out using the slider bar along the right side. A search menu is available to the left and allows the user to refine their view to a specific location. Users can search for destinations anywhere in the world. The user must enter a location name, address or zip code to get started. Additional tabs are available for users who are searching for a specific business or want travel directions. Maps can be linked to, sent by email or printed. Yahoo Maps provides multiple viewing options as well, including a regular map and satellite view as well as a hybrid view.

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What is the history and popularity of the app?

Yahoo Maps is one of the more popular online mapping tools available today. The application underwent a major renovation, which was officially released on May 16th, 2007. The renovation included new map styles that were designed by Cartifact (a cartography company). The application has made a good impression with most internet users. The interface is clean, includes a great deal of information and doesn’t throw distracting advertisements at the user.

What are the differences to other apps?

Yahoo Maps is Yahoo’s version of many other free online mapping applications. The service doesn’t really bring anything new to the table, although it doesn’t really have to in order to be appealing. The service provides a number of helpful details, including traffic data, various map views, driving directions and business locations. These are not new or unique features, but they are extremely helpful to users who are learning a new neighborhood or traveling far from home.

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How does the web app look and feel to use?

Yahoo Maps gives users a more pleasant experience compared to some of its competitors. The interface is nice and tidy, with no loud advertisements to slow the user down. The map takes up a majority of the space (as it should), with a few menus and buttons placed directly on top. A new user can easily learn how to navigate through Yahoo Maps as they figure out how to navigate in the real world using the features provided.

How does the registration process work?

Many services similar to Yahoo Maps have forgone the traditional registration requirement in favor of streamlining the user’s experience. This is a good approach, and one that Yahoo has also adopted. Users can stop by the site and begin searching for locations and directions without an account. Users who have a Yahoo account can sign in, however this is not a requirement. Newcomers who would like to register for a Yahoo account can click the “New User? Register” link in the upper, left hand corner of the page. The registration form asks for a first and last name, gender, date of birth, country, language, postal code, Yahoo ID, password, two secret questions and answers and an optional alternate email address.

What does it cost to use the application?

Yahoo Maps is available to anyone for free. Just like many of its competitors, the website makes its services as accessible as possible. Charging a fee would only deter users and encourage them to go elsewhere when they need to find directions or other map-related information. Much of the data presented by Yahoo Maps can be obtained elsewhere for free, so the free access is definitely a good choice to keep visitors coming back.

Who would you recommend the application to?

Yahoo Maps serves the purpose of each and everyone who wants to explore new areas of their interests. It is available in three different forms. Map view can be seen by any general user who wants to search for a specific location. Hybrid View can be seen by the persons who want to see the places in a labelled form and Satellite view gives a broader view of any desired location.

  • Directions lets users find their way between two locations
  • Map viewing options include satellite, standard and hybrid maps
  • Businesses can be searched for any area in the world
  • Maps and directions can be emailed or linked
  • Users can drag maps up and down and side to side
  • Zoom allows users to take a closer look at geographic areas

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