Random thoughts of a digital web weaver

I like Apple Maps

Ever since the new iPhone was released the Internet has been flooded with harsh criticism and hate for the new Apple Maps. It’s as though the world thinks there is a huge conspiracy by Apple to feed them bad directions so that people end up in the middle of nowhere or on a one way trip to Mars. For me, the backlash is just another example of how society has become impatient and hinges on instant gratification.

Personally, I like the new Apple Maps. I have used it a few times in the Seattle area and the mapping seems accurate so far. The “3D” view looks pretty slick and the graphical aspects are great as well. Having the turn-by-turn navigation has by far been the biggest improvement and if the sticking point between Google and Apple was that Google was unwilling to license their turn-by-turn technology then I am all for Apple going in their own direction as that feature was sorely missing from previous iOS versions.

By no means do I think that the new Apple Maps is perfect. I’m sure there are a ton of things that they need to fix. But I also believe that as they receive more feedback and data that the app will improve (just like Google Maps has improved over time). It is just a matter of being patient and giving Apple time to make those improvements. However, in today’s society where everyone is concerned with getting things “now”, being patient seems to be easier said than done.

Google+ as a Personal Dashboard

The web is raving about Google+ (G+), social media’s new kid on the block and supposed Facebook (FB) killer.

Google icon in front of faded Facebook icon

Personally, I don’t think you’ll see a massive shift in user base from FB to G+. I think instead, you’ll see a shift in time on site as people will use G+ more than FB. The reason is that while FB is a great for connecting and socializing with people, G+ has the potential to be useful to a person on a day-to-day basis, especially if Google starts to integrate it’s other services into G+.

I have been playing around with G+ for a few days now and I think it’s great. But I also wish that other Google services such as Gmail, Calendar, and Google Docs were integrated into it (clicking on the Gmail link and having it open up a new tab is annoying). It would be great to be able to customize the toolbar to include Google apps that you use regularly, add widgets to the sidebars, and search the web right from your homepage.

With all of the different web applications and services Google has at it’s disposal, G+ has the potential of becoming much more than just another social media website. It has the potential to become a customized personal dashboard that we use on a daily basis.