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  1. MapQuest Travel BlogsWe’re excited to share today’s launch of MapQuest Travel Blogs on the web - http://TravelBlogs.MapQuest.com – and iOS devices – iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad download at: http://appstore.com/mapquesttravelblogs.

    Free travel blogs are the perfect way for you to seamlessly capture all of your memories from your journeys and share your adventures with friends and family.  It’s easy to set-up and add photos, stories and more, making it possible for everyone to create their very own travel blog!

    MapQuest Travel Blogs is the second in a series of handy travel tools by MapQuest focused on helping you to dream, plan, experience, document and share your trips highlighting the places where the map meets your life.

    Here are just some of the awesome features in MapQuest Travel Blogs:

    • Easily create a blog of your adventures with photos, stories, reviews and more
    • Automatically map out your entire trip
    • Share your blog with friends and family via your social networks or automatic email updates so you can stay connected throughout your travels or as when you get back to cherish your journeys
    • Update your blog from anywhere with the iOS app- it works offline even if you don’t have internet access and then syncs up with your website when you have wifi
    • Read about and see great travel journals from others
    • Ability to keep your blogs private or make them public so you can inspire others – your blog can even be featured by MapQuest or AOL in our blog of the week
    • Available on web, tablet and mobile

    Not traveling right now? No problem. You can get your travel juices flowing by reading about other traveler’s journeys. We have over 24,000 blogs already created, some of these are sure to get you excited about traveling.

    Check out a few of our favorite blogs:
    http://travelblogs.mapquest.com/runwaysandrails/runways-and-rails

    http://travelblogs.mapquest.com/stacyandlee/spices-and-treks-culinary-adventures-around-the-world

    http://travelblogs.mapquest.com/francislobo/maui-in-one-week

    http://travelblogs.mapquest.com/daviddibardino/east-africa-with-amsterdam-en-route

    Sign up today, what are you waiting for?

    Happy Travels!

  2. There’s a lot of buzz right now around mapping and navigation since Apple removed Google Maps as their preloaded mapping provider and launched their own version of voice guided navigation on the new iOS 6 and the iPhone 5 that hit stores today.

    As two of our biggest competitors in the industry battle it out, the free voice-guided turn-by-turn MapQuest iPhone navigation app continues to grow, helping millions of people each month confidently get them to their destinations. Having pioneered free voice-guided navigation on the iPhone in 2010, here’s a recap of what people like so much about our iPhone app and why it’s in the top 100 of over 500,000 apps in the iTunes store.

    • It’s free
    • Helpful hints in the route narrative for easy navigation
    • One-touch search
    • Trustworthy directions
    • Business information and reviews
    • Real-time traffic conditions
    • Live traffic cameras
    • Multi-stop routes

    Find out for yourself why our iPhone app is so popular. Download MapQuest 3.0 right now (for free) from the App Store and get exploring!

  3. MapQuest PreferencesIf you’re following us on Twitter, you’ve probably seen lots of people tell us that they know their own neighborhood and don’t need directions to get out of it. Well, you asked, we delivered. :-)

    MapQuest now provides the option to add your home address in your ‘Preferences’ by logging in on the top right corner of the MapQuest.com homepage. It’s easy to set up, just click ‘Sign In’, connect via Facebook and then enter the addresses under ‘Favorite Locations’. Don’t feel shy about using Facebook as a login, we won’t post anything to your Facebook wall without you specifically telling us to. Once you’re set up we’ll hide the steps from your house and start you right on a major road that you’re already familiar with.

    In addition to hiding steps out of your neighborhood, your preference section also does a few other very cool things. One of our favorites is that you can enter your car or truck type and MapQuest will calculate your car’s fuel costs for every route you search on MapQuest. We’ll also give you alternate routes so you can pick the cheapest way to get to your destination.

    MapQuest is also multi-lingual, sprechen Sie Deutsch anyone? In your Preferences section you can choose which language you’d like MapQuest to be speaking. It’s a great way to practice that rusty German from high school.

    One last helpful function is that you can store your and your friends’ email addresses to send maps and directions without having to type them up every time.

    So, what are you waiting for? Sign up, it’s easy, it’s free and oh, so helpful.  As always, let us know what you think on Facebook or Twitter.

  4. If you can dream it, you can pin it.  Heck, even if you can’t dream it, someone else dreamt it and you can just ‘re-pin’ it.  Unless you have been living on a remote island in the south pacific for past six months, you’ve probably heard about the tremendously popular social platform that enables people to create pin boards of things they love or are inspired by, called Pinterest.  Travel, be it a place you’ve visited or a place you like to go to, is a big part of what people share on Pinterest. We thought we’d make travel ‘pinning’ even better by giving people the option to create maps that work with Pinterest so each trip has context to followers.

    Here are some cool examples of how people on Pinterest use MapQuest to make their travel related pins even cooler.

    How does it work?  It’s super easy, if you just want a map of a location, simply create your map on MapQuest and then click the Pinterest Button at the top right of the MapQuest page. This will create a map image and link that you can then upload to Pinterst and add to your ‘pin board’.

    Careful…it’s addictive!

  5. Don’t know about you, but we here at MapQuest have found infographics – or “data eye-candy” – to be a much more interesting way of visualizing the billions of data points we evaluate instead of the standard spreadsheet.  With more than 36 million* people searching for maps, directions, and places such as restaurants, airports, hotels and top brands every month, data is something we have a lot of and it says a lot about what’s interesting to you.  So, we wanted to show some of the more interesting information about what people are doing on MapQuest.  Click here or on the infographic image below for the full size.

    We even used our big data and what we know about where people like to go to create our latest local discovery product, MapQuest Vibe.   If you haven’t had a chance to download one of the top free travel apps in the iPhone store, go to www.mqvibe.com or search for mqvibe in the iPhone store to help you find cool neighborhoods and the best restaurants, bars, and shopping wherever you are traveling.

    We hope you enjoy this look at what’s happening on MapQuest!  If you have any questions or would like additional about the infographic, please contact Anke Corbin at anke.corbin@mapquest.com.

    *comScore January 2012

  6. MapQuest’s easy to use and quick to implement Map Builder tool helps bloggers and publishers build custom maps for a variety of mapping needs including natural disasters such as earthquakes and hurricane maps as well as celebratory events such as wedding maps and party maps.

    The best part about Map Builder is that it’s free to use and available as a web tool, WordPress plugin and API for developers.

    Here’s an example of how Huffington Post used MapBuilder to create a map for the recent Virginia earthquake. Share your custom maps with us by emailing info@MapQuest.com so we can feature them on our blog too.