With it’s AJAX-ian user interface, remixable maps and numerous mashups and spinoffs, Google Maps kickstarted the current wave of innovation in UI design and locative media. MSN and Yahoo predicatably leapt into the fray with their own competing services, however it’s worth keeping an eye on old standards like Multimap.
Following a link inside a Wikipedia entry, I discovered that Multimap now cleverly overlays maps onto aerial photos (kinda like Google Maps’ Hybrid view) in the area around your pointer….a nice UI touch, providing an intuitive mechanism for juxtaposing map and photo information. It’d be great to see this extended to other locative data such as property values, crime, population and photoblogs.
See an example here…