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Mar 22nd 2012

MapQuest Shares Data Eye Candy

With literally millions of data points pulsing through MapQuest's products each day, we find it easier to visualize and ultimately make use of the information as an infographic, rather than a standard spreadsheet. According to comScore data for February, more than 35 million people each month searched for maps, directions and places such as restaurants, airports, hotels and top brands -- data is something we have a lot of and it tells us a lot about what's interesting to our users.

We even used this MapQuest data about where people like to go to create MapQuest Vibe, our local discovery product. If you haven't had a chance to download one of the top free travel apps in the iPhone store, go to the MapQuest Vibe site or search for mqvibe in the iPhone store to help you find cool neighborhoods and the best restaurants, bars, and shopping wherever you are.

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Feb 2nd 2012

Live Traffic Cameras Now On MapQuest

They say "a picture is worth a thousand words", and we agree. So just in time to help you deal with mid-winter driving, we are happy to announce the arrival of traffic and road condition cameras on MapQuest.com.

To see the cameras, just click on "Live Traffic" in the upper right portion of your map. You'll see toggles for traffic cameras and traffic conditions (our extensive traffic speed and incident info), which you can show together or separately. Hovering on camera icon will show the location, and clicking on it will bring up the images (hint: zoom in closer if there are a lot of cameras in the area).

Our coverage consists of over 11,000 cameras covering 100+ markets in the US and Canada, and we'll be adding more soon. Update frequencies will vary, but most are updated every couple of minutes or so.

Now you can quickly visualize traffic and weather conditions before your morning commute or heading out on that weekend getaway. It's all part of our mission to help you get there safely and efficiently.

Check out MapQuest traffic cameras now.

Jan 25th 2012

MapQuest Introduces New HTML5 Mobile Browsing Experience

Today, our friends at MapQuest announced a new mobile web experience which has been redesigned from the ground up to take full advantage of the dynamic nature of HTML5. Finding where you are, discovering where to go, and getting directions has never been easier.

We encourage you to learn more about the experience by visiting the MapQuest blog, and, if you're reading this on your mobile browser, which we know many of you are, try it out now by visiting mapquest.com on your Android or iPhone web browser.

And of course, there's nothing wrong if you like apps! The MapQuest apps are pretty great too, and available for free download here for Android and here for iPhone.

Nov 11th 2011

We're Number One!

Congratulations to HuffPost Politics, HuffPost Green and HuffPost Gay Voices for ranking number one in their respective comScore categories. HuffPost Politics focuses on the personal side of politics and how individuals across the country are affected by policy issues. The site transcends party lines and provide readers with original content and breaking news throughout the year plus deep coverage and analysis during election cycles. HuffPost Green covers the latest environmental news, green technology updates and provides a useful resource for readers who want to be more green in their daily lives. HuffPost Gay Voices, which was launched in October, covers the complexities of the LGBT community, from family and faith to politics and sexuality. The site also fearlessly looks at powerful yet silent influences on identity and relationships, such as class, race and religion.

Other comScore winners included MapQuest, which ranked number two in the maps category. Wherever you're headed, MapQuest shows you how to get there, what's nearby and where to stop along the way. The Stylelist sites and HuffPost Religion also ranked number two, in the Style and Religion categories.

*All rankings via October 2011 comScore Media Metrix

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