The Yahoo Maps site allows a user to enter an address to
be plotted on a map so that it can be geographically located. Users
are also allowed to enter starting and ending addresses for door-to-door
driving directions within a major metro area or city-to-city directions
for long distance trips. In addition to that, users can choose to perform
a "Find the nearest business" to an address that is currently displayed
on the map.
-- ATM Locator
The Universal Locator site would attempt to enhance the "Find
a nearest business" feature in Yahoo maps so that users could find
several businesses and/or complements and supplements to those businesses
simultaneously. For example: A user might specify that they would
like to find the nearest grocery store to their work. The Universal
Locator site would also find bakeries, butchers, floral shops, video
store etc. (depending on what the users chooses to search on)
Another feature of the Universal Locator site would allow users
to perform address browsing, much similar to browsing by call number
a libraryís online catalog. If a user is interested in knowing what
other types of businesses are adjacent or near by a certain address,
they can simply instruct the system to browse forward (increasing)
or backward (decreasing).
This site allows users to search for ATMís all over the
world. Users select their regions and countries from pre-specified international
regions. The then site prompts them to select an address so that it
can perform a search of its ATM database.
Sidewalk.com allows users to find movies, restaurants,
theaters, and other related businesses and events so that users can
plan their evenings out more efficiently. However this site as well
as the Visa site are very theme specific. The Universal Locator would
be "universal" in that it would be attempting to locate anything that
has a physical address. In addition to that certain businesses might
have virtual addresses (URLís) which could also be integrated into the
Universal Locator site.
The following are several sites that use technology
similar to what will be implemented in the Universal Locator site.