by Joseph Weisenthal

Amazon Finds That Driving Around The World Taking Pictures Every Few Feet Isn't Worth it

from the think-of-the-gas-bill dept

Amazon hasn't gotten very far in its stab at the search industry. Just about the only thing that A9 is known for is its attempt to combine local search and on-the-ground pictures. But driving around to collect pictures is an expensive process, and so far, it's Google's simple maps that have become the standard for visually representing local search. So it's no surprise that A9 is eliminating the picture feature, as it probably realized that the cost of continuing the process wasn't worth it for the amount of use the service was getting. That doesn't mean that the idea isn't worth pursuing. The popularity of Google Earth and other satellite imaging services suggests a demand for having pictures of a location. But more than likely, the solution to this problem will be of the (warning: buzzword coming) crowdsourced variety, as users submit their own pictures to be matched up with a location. Yahoo's Flickr allows users to upload photos associated with a specific location. As for A9, it recently lost some top talent to Google, and is stuck as the 32nd (who are the 31 in front of them?) most popular search engine, so throwing in the towel on the picture project may be a signal that the company realizes it doesn't have much to bring to search.

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  1. identicon
    sarcasm addict, 2 Oct 2006 @ 4:38pm

    Feat of Grammar

    wow the headline quality at techdirt is nearing digg level

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    Yo ho ho..., 2 Oct 2006 @ 4:40pm

    Oh man...

    ... and I was gonna send them my last 1000 photos of downtown Milwaukee, (they were gonna pay me $15).

    Well, to be fair -- I did try the service once, and it was pretty damn good. However, it was never gonna make it -- so this is no surprise. Outside of major metro areas, they had no coverage.

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    Joe, 2 Oct 2006 @ 4:44pm

    Re: Feat of Grammar



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    dorpus, 2 Oct 2006 @ 4:56pm


    Will we be able to pull up information about places, with all the detailed insider knowledge, at the snap of a finger? The current situation is very uninformative, with "tourist books" steering us toward the tourist traps. Locals are often not very helpful, out of exclusiveness or taking things for granted.

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    Seth, 2 Oct 2006 @ 5:48pm

    "Insider knowledge at the snap of a finger"?

    Dorpus, are you kidding? Once it's freely available to all via web search, it is no longer "insider knowledge". That's why you're unhappy with tourist books. Here's how it works: Someone finds an awesome restaurant/hotel/art gallery/natural site that no one really seems to know about. This is "insider knowledge" because you had to be there to know it. Or maybe know someone who knows it. Then, it gets written up, or photo-blogged, or added to a search engine. Suddenly everyone knows about it. It becomes a tourist trap purely through the very means you are suggesting we use to avoid tourist trap-ism! It's cyclical, and there's no way around it except to get off your computer chair and go out and look for yourself. Trust me, keep an open mind and it'll rock.

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  6. identicon
    Vaginalina Jolie, 2 Oct 2006 @ 7:19pm

    Angelina Jolie

    Vaginalina Jolie. Ode to a dirty adultering slut! She is the quintessential yeasty-twat twit-whore. The hypocritical seeker of the sloppy Aniston seconds should invest in liposuction of those gnarly sausage lips to augment her bony arse, so her head might be better nestled while up there.

    Vag Jolie...the apple does not fall far from the nasty Jon Voight. You have your father's bizarre, exaggerated facial twists and pus-bucket cheating heart.

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  7. identicon
    Bill Clark, 2 Oct 2006 @ 9:28pm

    Re: Angelina Jolie

    What the hell?

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  8. identicon
    u no, 2 Oct 2006 @ 9:38pm


    I don't get it. Where did Angelina Jolie come from?

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  9. identicon
    confused, 2 Oct 2006 @ 10:22pm

    Re: What

    I don't understand the injection either, but I'll bite...

    I think she comes from cross-breeding a runway model and a runaway collagen injection, or a praying mantis and one of those hairless cats, or maybe a bad acid trip and a Dennis Hopper film. (All of the above could be natural byproducts of being Jon Voight's demon spawn.) ;-)

    There is something about her that reminds me of a home-perm in a trailer, soggy bratwursts, and Beetlejuice...and...well...Jon Voight. ::shudders::

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  10. identicon
    Anonymous Coward, 3 Oct 2006 @ 5:56am

    only a gay man wouldnt want jolie

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