Geoweb RIAs are among the most useful and user-friendly apps we often see. Their use comes from the tailoring done to the use cases and the user-friendliness from the intuitiveness. All said and done, there isn’t much newness one can expect out of them. We all know how Earth and Maps APIs are like. Nothing different now with the services provided by nycgo.
You all must have read Michael Bloomberg’s post on the Google Blog. The newly-launched website, nycgo, is a one-stop shop for everything related to the New York City. It has been localized into 10 languages already and uses Google Maps API for Flash extensively to show various locations and give directions.
More than the website itself, it is the NYC Information Center that thrills me with a promise of a marvelous experience. Watched the video above? Ryan Pollock, Product Marketing Manager in Google wrote the following about it on the Google LatLong Blog:
The brand new Official NYC Information Center at 810 7th Avenue is a remarkable experience for those looking to learn more about New York City. It’s one of the most exciting real-world implementations of our Maps and Earth APIs that I have ever seen. When you walk into the Information Center, you pick up a puck that you then place on an interactive map table. Up pops a wheel that lets you select restaurants, attractions, Broadway shows, and more. You save places to the puck and then walk to the back of the hall, where you set the puck back down at a station. A gigantic video wall then shows you a Google Earth tour of the places you saved to the puck. The 3D model of New York City looks amazing!
So I decided to include the NYC Information Center in my itinerary for my visit to the NYC:
For a one-day whirlwind unguided tour around the NYC, I would start in the morning at the NYC Information Center (A) and play with those ?ber-cool interactive map tables, click photos alongside wax celebrities in the Madame Tussauds Wax Museum (B), climb up the Empire State Building (C), wander all along the Murray Hill (D) to get the stench of publishing houses, , spend the rest of the evening observing people playing in the Central Park Zoo (E), and finally finish the night LMAO to the jokes of Stephen Colbert in The Colbert Show (F).
nycgo is the website every outsider must visit to plan his or her visit to the NYC. All the information one can ever need at your fingertips.
One thing that doesn’t make much value-add is the Google Ads being used. The presence of Google Ads is understandable because nycgo is a product of the partnership between Google and NYC & Company, the official marketing, tourism and partnership organization for New York City. However, featuring targeted ads, not just generic ones based on the text on the page makes more sense to me.