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Mohammed Shamma

Rick Murtha

Jennifer Lee

Universal Locator

Comparative Analysis


 Yahoo Maps

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.

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).

Visa -- ATM Locator
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.



Last Updated: October 25, 1998