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Paying the price for Google Maps?

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

Online cartographers were stunned last week when Google announced plans to charge for the use of the Google Maps API. As of next year, web developers will have to navigate prices of $4 per 1000 map loads. So, is this the “end of the road” for the dozens (probably hundreds) of crowdsourced mapping projects that rely on Google’s services? Not exactly: small sites – those with under 25,000 views per day – will remain free. Good news …

Tags: Africa crowd crowdsourcing google Google Map Google Map Maker Google Maps API microwork OpenStreetMap Ushahidi

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Google Ngrams: in the beginning was the word search

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

Long, long ago, before Android, G+ and self-driving cars, Google had one simple mission: to organize the world’s information and make it universally accessible and easy to use.

Nowadays, the big-friendly-search-giant sometimes seems more interested in irritating Mark Zuckerberg than promoting universal knowledge. But, just occasionally, Google gets back to basics.

In 2004 Google started digitizing books. Since then, 15 million volumes have …

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Google+, Twitter, Facebook: the new capitals of crowdsourcing?

Posted on by Tommaso De Benetti

… I was instructed by our Dear Leader, Ville Miettinen, to figure out Microtask’s strategy for Google+. Luckily for me, Google hasn’t actually released any proper business profiles just yet. In fact, the Mountain View giant is actively deleting profiles of companies, websites and other commercial upstarts trying to get their brands on G+.

Denied the chance to create a wordy strategy document (don’t worry, I’ll get over it), I’ve been road-testing Google’s new social network …

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Searching Questions: how good is Google?

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

Do you remember the first time you used Google? The white screen, the goofy logo, the incomprehensible “I’m feeling lucky” button.

What did you search for? (if you were a teenage boy, don’t answer that). In the bad old days of dial-up, Google was a (relatively) fast, flashing and seemingly benevolent oasis of free information.

These days Google is big. Really big. Founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin are both …

Tags: crowd crowdfunding crowdsourcing crowdsourcing platform distributed work google Larry Page Searching Sergey Brin Siva Vaidhyanathan Stack Overflow Web search engine Wolfram Alpha

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Of Maps and Men: is Apple relying on us to fix the iPhone 5?

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

… the wow-factor?

Just as damning, perhaps, is the substitution of one of the most useful apps – Google Maps – with a half-baked Apple version. All over the world stories are emerging of problems with the service, including woefully incorrect directions to destinations, confusion over place names, plus the absence of public transport information. Not since Deep Impact have so many landmarks been found underwater. (Check the Amazing IOS6 Maps Tumblr for screenshots of some absurd …

Tags: apple crowdsourcing google Google Map IOS iPhone iPhone 5 microtask OpenStreetMap waze

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