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  1. With the recent release of MapQuest Travel Blogs, we’re excited to start using it ourselves. We’ll be taking photos and sharing our trip down to Austin later this week along with some friends.

    Cell service is sometimes spotty on the road, and our free Travel Blogs app was built with this in mind. You can build your blog and add photos and reviews while offline and then sync all your posts once you find internet again.

    We’ve collected all of our Austin blogs on one Best of Austin page so you can join in our adventures.  You’ll find:

    There will also be 5 live blogs starting at the end of the week. If you like music, bbq and shenanigans, follow along by subscribing to any or all of them:

    • RVSXers – Sit shot gun with the RVSXers as they road trip in an RV from Chicago to Austin (and back).
    • Jeremy – 10 days in Austin…or at least staying as long as he can handle.  Follow along to see if he makes it.
    • Monika – Telling us all about The Sounds of Austin…pretty sure there will be some stories live music in this one.
    • Kaitlyn – Your eyes are never bored at SXSW…as you’ll find out via Kaitlyn’s blog, The Sights of Austin.
    • Anke – Foodaholics rejoice!  Anke’s blogging about yummy food trucks and awesome hidden gem restaurants in downtown Austin. Follow along and give her your suggestions for what to try and what to avoid.

    No matter if you’re planning to experience SXSW in person or virtually, keep our Best of Austin guide handy.  If you are lucky enough to go, you can create your own Austin blog on travelblogs.mapquest.com or get the iPad / iPhone app here.

    MapQuest's Best of Austin Guide

  2. We had a big year at MapQuest and we wanted to thank you for being a part of it!
    Here’s just a quick run down of the 2012 highlights:

    MapQuest Discover

    In the fall we debuted MapQuest Discover, a photo-rich travel board where you can plan your next adventure, share photos of places and cities you’ve been, get inspired by great trip guides from our MapQuest travel writers, or even learn about new places to visit from other people like you. More

    MapQuest Local

    MapQuest Vibe expanded into MapQuest Local. Now you can get insider info like travel guides, reviews & ratings, best restaurants, your friend’s activity, and more for hundreds of cities and all 50 states. More

    Mobile Apps

    We’ve been working hard on our free iPhone and Android apps, so that cheap gas and voice-guided directions that beat traffic are only a tap away. More



    MapQuest.com

    The year saw changes to the site that allow you to hide the steps out of your neighborhood, find the cheapest gas and easily view the best places in any neighborhood.More

    MapQuest API

    For the developers out there, we released our iOS and Android Map APIs, which brings flexible routing, accurate geocoding, and beautiful maps to your own mobile apps. We also refreshed the styling on our Open Map Tiles, updated our Open JavaScript API, and released our Open Geocoding API. More

    MapQuest Culture

    From community gardens to clothing drives, picnics to holiday parties, we made it a point to be active in the community again this year. And with lots of exciting new projects in the pipeline, we’re continually looking for talented folks to join us.



    Big Plans for 2013

    In 2013, you’ll see us continue to improve what you’ve come to love about MapQuest, including exciting new products that move us further along in our vision for the future: to inspire your travel time, family time, free time, anytime; wherever the map meets your life.

    Every month, 36+ MILLION* of you shared the journey with us.
    Looking forward to another great year with you!

    Onward!
    Your friends at:

    MapQuest

    * Source: Avg over calendar year, comScore 2012

  3. This weekend, WordCamp comes to the Windy City. Learn more about WordPress, plugins, blogging and search optimization at WordCamp Chicago, July 30 & 31.

    If you’re planning to attend, stop by the MapQuest table at the entrance of the event. We’ll let you take our Map Builder WordPress Plugin for a spin and create an interactive map for your blog. Not familiar with Map Builder? It is an easy tool for mapping your favorite local hotspots, local news stories, upcoming events, or your team’s weekend soccer tournament. You can embed the map to your site and share with your friends. Not a WordPress user? We also have a Map Builder stand alone tool for all other blogs or websites. We launched Map Builder at SXSW this year, since then maps have turned up all over the place:

    Below is a Map Builder map we’ve created, which includes the weekend’s locations, DePaul Student Center (main venue), the after party location, the nearest L stop, the nearest Starbucks, and more.

    To get updates live from the event, follow @MapQuestTech.