jasonh300 wrote:Parking lots are also handled by foursquare.
Individual businesses who want to appear on the map should visit biz.waze.com and pay for an ad.
jasonh300 wrote:My interpretation of cbenson's post is that he is saying that privately owned for-profit parking lots should be landmarked...not parking lots of individual businesses.
This would still be wrong because the foursquare POIs should put the [P] pin on those parking lots as you approach your destination.
The more landmarks on the map, the less value they have.
Right, I just didn't think it made much sense to follow-up Harlings post regarding the distinction between general parking lots and parking lots for specific business with the statement that individual businesses should not be mapped.
I'm not advocating putting parking lot landmarks on the map (or any landmarks for that matter). But I don't find these arguments against lots to be compelling.
1) I wouldn't think that the buisiness development or marketing people at waze agree with the statement that "Individual businesses who want to appear on the map should visit biz.waze.com and pay for an ad." The best place to put your ad is where your potential customers are already looking for information. If many people already use waze to find the closest MacDonald's for lunch on the road, then it makes it that much more lucrative for Taco Bell to advertize to divert some of those potential customers. There is a difference between an ad and a mere listing. This why you used to pay for ad in the yellow pages over a mere listing. It is also why the yellow pages included your listing whether you paid for an ad or not. I highly suspect that best way for waze to turn a profit is to gather as much information as possible, including the locations of individual businesses. However, I'm neither a marketing expert or in charge of waze, so its certainly possible that I'm just wrong.
2)The foursquare lots that come up at the end of your route don't seem very useful to me as I don't really want to make the decision of where to park when I'm within a few block of my destination. One of the advantages of using a navigation app like waze is to determine where you are going and the best way to get there before you start. The current parking lot scheme seems to turn that advantage on its head. In DC where I commute, a few block difference in destination can cause waze to completely change your route into town. Thus, the fastest route to a parking lot a few blocks from your "destination" can be very different from the fastest route to the "destination." I'd rather route to the parking lot from the beginning of the trip.
Again I'm not advocating more landmarks, I just don't buy the argument that waze couldn't use the information. I do buy the argument that when we add excessive landmarks, with the existing system it doesn't help the wazer.