If you just use the regular Yahoo Maps, yes, it sucks. To quote that SNL Narnia rap video: “Google Maps is the best. True dat, Double True!”
That is.. until you use Yahoo Maps beta. They’ve got something really amazing cooking up there. As I told Michael Stalcup a few minutes ago.. I’m impressed.
Google Maps only allows you to enter 2 locations and find directions between them. Yahoo Maps shows you a route between 3 (or more!) locations, allowing you to plan out your whole trip.
Even better, it updated the URI (Uniform Resource Locator) without having to use a “Link to this page” thing like Google does, which is clumsy and unnecessary.
Further, the interface is created with Flash, which means helpful context menus that expand on hover (or mouse-over), plus smooth zoom, so you don’t have that unsettling break when you zoom in. Finally, it has “Live Traffic” so you can see traffic speeds, accidents, and construction sites, using data provided by Caltrans and CHP. Very cool.
Reminds me of my post from just over 2 months ago, when I said that Google Loses to Yahoo. I was referring to Search; but Google is now getting pwned in maps, too. Google was better for some time, but Yahoo is finally beginning to catch up. AdSense still rules, though. Hopefully my next post won’t be about how YPN is owning AdSense.. if that happens, Google is in serious trouble (even if the rest of the industry hasn’t noticed it yet).