Google Maps is available for public use. As an alternative to Mapquest, it holds it’s own with a clean interface, and ease of use. It currently does not work with Safari, only MIE and Mozilla type browsers. Google decided to make dynamic, interactive maps that are draggable — no clicking and waiting for graphics to reload each time you want to view the adjacent parts of a map. Want to be able to type in the name of a region or neighborhood and see any part of it as easily as with a regular street map? Now you can with Google Maps. Since these maps are draggable, you can use your mouse or the directional arrows to pan left, right, up and down to see areas that are hidden offscreen. You can also use the slider to zoom in and zoom out.
Use Google Maps to search within an area or neighborhood. It works like this: Say you want to find free wifi hotspots. Type in “free wifi” and the zip code, and the free hotspots appear at various locations on your map, with phone numbers for each location appearing on the right side of the page. Click on the link for a location and it gives you the name, address and phone number that goes with it, with links offering you directions to and from it. The results that you see on Google Maps are obtained from Google Local.If you are looking at an area on the map and want to locate a business, say a pizza place, in that area – just enter “pizza” in the search box and we will search around the center of the map – you don’t need to enter a location.