The limitation so far has been that users and developers usually have to wait for the big players like Google, Yahoo and Bing to add the relevant information to their maps.
CloudMade has conveniently side stepped this issue by allowing its maps to be collaboratively edited, making it a kind of “Wikipedia for maps”. The results have been quite impressive, as TechCrunch reports.
Earlier this year, Google requested map data from the Korean government. In response, Korean tech companies Naver and Kakao have increased free limits to their respective maps APIs beyond what Google offers. The government is expected to respond next month but the competition has already started.
Geolocating your users can create a better experience, but it can also be used in devious ways. For example, cathysteeth.com claims to have a cosmetic dentistry solution discovered by a mom. And wouldn't you know it, Cathy lives in your home town. And your home town.