Archive for November 28th, 2007

RouteGuru.com – Do we just need directions??

Couple of months ago when Delhi Police floated a tender requesting a GPS based police dispatch system what it was looking for is the first piece of puzzle which routeguru is providing.

Routeguru.com looks like a rule based engine which gives directions based on either latitude longitude position mapped of interest points or localities with major roads flowing in delhi taken into consideration or something more innovative based on GPS mapping of city.

The concept is good though mapmyindia.com with ability to map the route for me makes a better starting point when looking for direction.

I understand the problem with sites like routeguru its difficult to map it on map due to non availability  of digtal map companies like Teleatlas etc. Though google map will not be accurate they can surely give it a shot an act as an immediate product remedy to competition set in by mapmyindia.com.

If these portals are able to get their routing engines right their is a bigger role to play in Location Based Services vertical especially with commonwealth games coming to delhi in 2010.

Zoomtra.com first one to join Facebook bandwagon from India

In my earlier posts i had talked about importance of social networking for meta search engines and sites looking for user generated content. Zoomtra.com – A Meta Travel Search engine has gone ahead and released an application on facebook which focuses on Indian destinations.

Application is called India Dekho helps user tag different cities in india where they have been and write reviews and rate them for other people planning trip to india. The best thing which i liked about the application was ability to add review for individual restaurants,night spots and shopping places from the city.

Although lot people will talk about initial applications which were released by trip planner etc had similar features but i liked the review of night spots and restaurants concept which others were doing only for US specific destinations.

Though every human creation has flaws so does zoomtra’s facebook application with ability not provided to add just reviews on restaurants or shopping sites later after adding a city review. Other thing which i would have liked would be if they could group all restaurants,night spots in a city in a drop down with ability to see all users rating for all places in a city at one place. Also giving it a little structure would help.

Overall a nice effort as it will help in generating lot of user generated content which will help in increasing more user traction as way forward for meta travel search engine is content aggregation.

I might be wrong on stating they are first facebook application but its the first one i stumbled upon facebook.


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