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Posted 03 November 2005 - 03:42 PM
"In addition, users can now type in a business address and the service will display the business name, phone number, user rating and link to additional information.
" from a CNET news article.
Posted 03 November 2005 - 06:52 PM
What could someone do with something like that? And make a buck out of it?
The first thing I see as a possible is to offer what amounts to a Local Directory, almost an Intuitive Yellow Pages kind of thing.
You could charge local businesses and organizations a small fee to join and supply their basic information. Then to beef things up you could also incorporate a calendar or some sort and build a little front end that allows the individual businesses to enter the details of their own upcoming specials or functions.
IMO it's a perfect thing for local searches. Bars, restaurants, movie theaters, chamber of commerce, churches, etc, etc. Everybody would advertise it because they would want people to see it. Put some sort of What's Happening Today thing on it, and let people choose their own date too and you have the ultimate killer app for local businesses, whether they have a true web presence or not.
Somebody here please take that one and run with it before I kill myself for not doing it myself.
Posted 03 November 2005 - 07:21 PM
There is a definate need to have this.
There are no more public paper bulletin boards around anymore - lawsuits stopped people / firms from having them.
Not even allowed in libraries around where I live.
Posted 03 November 2005 - 07:26 PM
Tom, that's terrible about old fashioned bulletin boards. We still have them here -- you go into any coffee house, and some restaurants, and you're bound to see one. The supermarket I shop at even has one, but it's behind glass and you have to get permission to post there.
But what about colleges? There are kiosks all over Harvard Yard that are there just so people will have a place to post notices.
Posted 03 November 2005 - 08:18 PM
Seriously, every big and small town and even every suberb could use sometthing like this! I may just have to build the darned thing and GPL the code. The hardest part would be constructing a database for the advertising aspect of it all. The programming on the API side of it all can't be that hard, and I say that without even looking at the Yahoo Maps API stuff yet.
Of course to GPL it, it's gotta be a Build Once, Use Many Times type of application, but even that shouldn't be much of a stretch.
On a personal note, I really do like how Yahoo! has taken the bull by the horns with their API technology. They're definitely thinking outside the box and providing ways to come up with some really useful apps.
Posted 04 November 2005 - 11:54 AM
As a town gets bigger more people and thus statistics rule and someone will
3) get a ban of posting of whatever they objected to
4) everyone else bans the medium to avoid being sued for the message and being held liable since the ALLOWED the post.
I see / feel that the general rule in the US is it is always "someone else's fault for how I feel" on everything and that they must pay (money) for it to punish them for how I feel. The advice given for years that no one else can make you feel how you do is always ignored when it comes to getting money for how you feel.
Yes, this is a classic DB function and works well for it. The owners could just e-mail updates (to their blog?) the app gets the RSS feed from their blog, integrates it into the mapping so when you hover over the flagged companies on the map you get the address and the latest news about the company (sales, food, music that night etc) as you move around the local towns companies that have paid for the service.
Charge just 10 a month per company - you are going for numbers here - they do the work posting to their blog (maybe 15 minutes of the time a day to write something up) and you do all the presentation work to make it look pretty - and get your local online town BB noticed and used.
You could have ads on their and to allow them a stake in it by giving them a percentage of ad revenue back since the ads could be competing with their business and they would not want to be paying money to see other companies ad on a web page.
Posted 04 November 2005 - 12:22 PM
I just got a request to put clickable map on the site for one client, which could easily be a basic image map of the US with pop-up addresses.
But this could be SO much cooler! And useful.
Another client uses a Mapquest application to match postal codes to locations - awkward to support, though.
Posted 04 November 2005 - 12:26 PM
The biggest difference between me and qwerty is that I've never thought of myself as a programmer...
(And I don't have a creepy avatar... but I digress... )
Posted 04 November 2005 - 12:44 PM
Yahoo Map Services to convert an address into Lat/Long, then coordinate that with at least Yahoo! Maps and possibly also with their Yahoo! local. I'll need to do a bit of testing to see the best way to tie it all together, but it really shouldn't be that hard. Less hard once you have the lat/long to plug in if you're looking at some sort of more static type of application.
Posted 04 November 2005 - 12:47 PM
The way I initially envisioned it would be to make some sort of free local resource since you can already use Y! Local API to pull up the info they have on many local businesses. Then charge those businesses who wanted to run ads in their local market and have the ability to include their own special events. Keep it cheap enough and easy enough and I can' see how it could keep from making a buck. Or keep from becoming an authority type of thing if it's branded correctly.
Posted 04 November 2005 - 07:51 PM
You've been talking to my kids, right?
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