Sunday, October 30, 2011

Lazy Sunday Service

I see that Google are starting to rein in their free API service for Google Maps. Developers using the API will start paying for the service after 25,000 map loads per day ($4 per 1000 views). We use the API on one of our projects, so this is something I'll be keeping an eye on. It's not going to affect usage in the short term for the users of sites that employ Google Maps mash-ups, though it will start to affect high volume providers of such mash-ups. Clearly, the strategy here has been to get people hooked and then introduce charging. It'll be interesting to see if the map load limit is gradually reduced over time and if Google roll out the charging model to its other services. It wouldn't surprise me if that were the case.

My posts this week:
Six to choose from ...
Review of The Savage Altar by Asa Larsson
Activity status of unfinished estates 2011
Intense, urgent and a little explosive
Review of The Bloody Meadow by William Ryan
You'd Better Sit Down

2 comments:

Maxine said...

What Yahoo! did with Flickr....

pattinase (abbott) said...

And what amazon will do with the price of books after all the bookstores are gone. And increasingly with publishers, agents and editors too once they become a primary book publisher.