Amazon one-ups Google
March 18, 2005
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Amazon first caught my attention with their A9.com search engine by giving users a 1.57% discount (or, pi divided by 2) on all their Amazon purchases just for using it. So, I am sure to try to use it once a day to keep my discount in place. And in all honesty, it’s really actually a pretty cool search engine, with a lot of the same features as Google, along with some unique ones. It just takes a little getting used to the different layout.
Well, they really impressed me today with this new feature. That’s right, they’re on a mission to drive up and down every street in America with their camera, and take a picture of the storefronts, so you can almost literally walk through the Yellow Pages as if you’re walking down the street, and see all the storefronts up and down each city block. I know, it’s rather grand in scope, but still very cool nonetheless. It’s only completed in a few select cities so far, including Portland, Oregon, which I tried out here to find the coolest bookstore ever, Powell’s Books. Keep up the good work Amazon!