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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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Nov 10th 2011

Hey Neighbors! MapQuest Vibe is Now Available on Your iPhone

Become a local, anywhere, with the help of the MapQuest Vibe iPhone app. Available today on iTunes, the free new iPhone app includes the Vibe Score rankings that profile 50,000 neighborhoods, 27,000 cities and 50,000 hotspots across the country so you can find the best of what's in your local surroundings. Making it easier than ever to vote up or down places of interests, hotspots and neighborhoods, the new app expedites and enhances exploration of new and familiar places.

Originally launched as a desktop experience in October 2011, the new MapQuest Vibe iPhone app mirrors the desktop and mobile platforms so users can access and enjoy neighborhood insights regardless of device.

Visit iTunes or mqvibe.com to download the free app. To learn more about the app's features and functionalities,read the official press release here.

Oct 12th 2011

Introducing MapQuest Vibe, A New Way to Explore

At MapQuest, we love maps. We've been creating millions of them every day for 15 years, helping people navigate among millions of places across the globe.

In the past couple years, the need for maps has changed, and although maps are great for roads and terrain, finding where you actually want to go can be a frustrating experience. Often you find a bunch of restaurants, all with 3.8 stars, and you need to read through hundreds of reviews to find a new place to eat. Or, if you find a "Best of" list, it's usually at the city level, which isn't what you want when you're hungry now and don't want to drive across town.

A few months ago, our MapQuest Labs team came upon a new way to tackle this problem, and we're proud to announce the launch of MapQuest Vibe, your shortcut to becoming a local, anywhere. This early beta cuts through the clutter of ratings, lists, and pins on a map, by giving you actual rankings of places based on key criteria within a local neighborhood context.

MapQuest Vibe gives you the local knowledge of, not just the best restaurant in Denver, but also the best Italian restaurant in the LoDo neighborhood in Denver.

The neighborhood pages let you explore everything that neighborhood has to offer, including restaurants, attractions, and services, all ranked in a clear order.

Or you can zoom out to a City Page to get a sense of the Neighborhoods that make up a city. It's a great way to quickly see where you'd want to spend a day or even get a sense of where you might want to buy a house.

All of this is available today at
http://mqvibe.com/ and will be available in a few weeks as a iPhone app.

The early beta of MapQuest Vibe, VibeRank, and these new neighborhood, city, and hotspot pages, are just a small first step in the next chapter of MapQuest's journey. Please try them out and let us know what you think. To learn more about MapQuest Vibe please visit our
MapQuest blog.

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