Google's just released a beta of Google Maps.
Dear Maps Team: You iz all of dat!
I've been bookmarking a number of searches such as the following:
- Thai restaurants in my neighborhood
- Hotels near Austin, TX
- Directions to my parent's neighborhood
I wonder what other people will think of it -- I've been playing with it for weeks now and can imagine any number of interesting feature sets we could think to implement here. And I love dragging the map back and forth - my poor sense of direction is nicely augmented by getting immediate perspective.
Similarly, the recently released (and amazing) Amazon Yellow Pages Storefront Search (example: Bottom of the Hill) helps me with that as well since it has adjacency available via mouse hover - which is an interaction I very much adore and whose usefulness as led me to keep it bookmarked and I think I currently use it more often than Google Local.
...and for those who'll ask me later - there are a bunch of developers working at making our Maps Safari-compatible even as I type this. (And they'll continue to work on it immediately afterward as well. :)