Back in early November we wrote about Google's decision to start charging commercial websites for using their GoogleMaps API if they exceeded certain bandwidth allowances. We wondered how this would affect the many property search sites that rely on the facility.
Yesterday, Ed Freyfogle, founder of the innovative Nestoria property search site, appeared to answer that question by announcing he was ditching GoogleMaps for OpenStreetMap. In an interesting and equable blog post he pointed to OSM's excellent service and its sympatico, open-source philosophy, before describing a contact with a Google salesperson that was a less than winning experience.
Having agreed to a time for a call, the sales rep missed the appointment with no warning, instead calling me 45 minutes late. It was quickly obvious he had done no research whatsoever about our service, what we do, or even where (in which countries) we do it. He was unable to explain the basics of the new charging regime - for example, what exactly is a "map-view", telling me instead to "ask your developers". Finally he quoted a price to continue using Google Maps (just on nestoria.co.uk, one of eight countries we operate in) that would have bankrupted our company.
Ouch. Anybody else have a similar story?
In the meantime, it will be interesting to test the Nestoria experience under OSM, and see how many other sites follow suit.
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