Monday, April 21, 2008

Down the same road is back online, come back from the dead although it is a pale shadow of its former glory. At its height, it was a "Singapore’s top travel and mapping portal (as ranked by hitwise August 2006 & Hitwise July 07 Travel Report)". It still claims in the website that it drew "an estimated 30 million page views and over 600,000 unique visitors a month and constantly growing. The site is ranked as number 2691 in the world by".

Sad that these statistics are history, and all because the greedy people that ran - Virtual Maps - took so much fun in suing legit businesses left, right, centre and below that it has gone under itself - by the same medicine it dished out. Amazingly, it still trumpets it past achievements. In its latest reincarnation as an all-in-one portal, it has the gall to claim that "Locals swear by the Map Directory, Business Directory, Wine and Dine, Singapore Bus Guide & Singapore Properties". This liner is found at the bottom of its pages, where the fine prints are usually located. I don't know about you, but I would have thought that locals swear at them rather than by them. Has VM not learnt its lesson in dealing ethically with the public?


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