Archives for Michael Polner

  1. The holidays are a time for gift-giving and well-wishing, so this holiday season MapQuest wants to make wishes at    St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital® come true with your help.

    Today only, MapQuest is matching $1 for every click we receive on the St. Jude promo on the top right of our homepage (up to $5,000). This donation will go towards finding a cure for cancer and improving the quality of life for the children at St. Jude. The giving doesn’t stop at $5,000 though! The promo will be there the entire day and we encourage you to contribute to our donation if you would like to further support their cause.

    Together we can help children like Haley have their holiday wishes come true.

    From everybody here at MapQuest, where we are so grateful, we hope you spread the joy to those less fortunate this holiday season.

    If you’d like to learn more about St. Jude and pledge your support to their cause, please click here.

    Happy Holidays!

  2. Halloween is right around the corner and with that comes the terrifying experience of the Haunted House and other frightening festivities!

    MapQuest is making sure that you’re not missing out on any of the fun and fright this year so we’ve partnered with and to provide our millions of users access to Haunted House locations all over the U.S.

    To see what’s happening in your area, just click on the ghost on our Map Toolbar.  If you don’t see any icons appear on the map, try zooming the map out.

    Now you can find the Haunted House nearest you AND discover the quickest route to get there on That way, you’re only a few minutes away from the spooky, scary, creepy, crawly excitement!

    Happy Halloween!

  3. All of us at MapQuest are committed to delivering products and services that help people in their everyday lives. You can see this in our recent redesign and user experience. With this in mind, today we are introducing Atlas — an online encyclopedia-like service for educators and students, as well as for the use by the general public. We can’t think of a better home for maps of our world than MapQuest.

    With constantly changing geographical, political, economical, environmental factors, it is only getting harder for most of us to get to know our world. Well, maybe except for the CIA. Which is great since that is where the majority of the data in Atlas comes from!

    With the advancements in technology, transportation, communication and every other field of human intervention, shouldn’t it be getting easier? Well, we think so. That’s why we developed Atlas. We hope this brings the farthest reaches of the world closer to you.

    Not only is Atlas bringing the world closer, it is giving you all of the information in one location. We have compiled information into one easy-to-access location so you can learn about:

    • Countries – geography, people, government and more.
    • Continents & Oceans – the land & people of the continents and find the natural resources available in the oceans.
    • Your World – the world population, religions, languages, climate, etc.

    You can also use these galleries and tools:

    • Compare Countries – compare any two countries in multiple categories like population, area, natural resources, climate, etc.
    • Photos – visualize the most prominent spots in countries through a collection of hundreds of photos.

    So whether you are preparing lesson plans or creating a geography report or even if you want to hone your Trivial Pursuit skills, come check out Atlas, by MapQuest.

  4. [Insert Drum Roll Here]… And the winner is Robot!

    After two full weeks of voting the new Position Icon for our MapQuest 4 Mobile app is the Robot icon. We have to say that at the end it was a very close race with the Fist Bump in the lead for most of the week. With all votes in, here is the final leader board.

    We hope everyone had fun voting to customize the MapQuest 4 Mobile experience. For us, the customization of our app is one of our favorite features and so we thought why not let you help us make it better.

    The Position Icon is one of the many customizable features in the MapQuest 4 Mobile app. The Position Icon is the image that represents you on the map and moves as you near your destination. If Robot wasn’t your first choice, don’t worry, you can import a photo or take a photo using your mobile phone camera and use that photo instead. Every journey can truly be your own.

    So when will you be able to start using the Robot to represent you? Now that your votes are in, we are submitting the update to the Apple and Blackberry app stores, so keep checking back to our blog or Facebook page for the latest news on MapQuest 4 Mobile.

    If you are wondering what other features make MapQuest 4 Mobile the best free turn-by-turn app for your mobile phone, stay tuned…

  5. While Independence Day is a perfect opportunity to enjoy the parades, festivals and firework shows going on around you, sometimes finding the right event and getting there in time to get a good view can dampen your patriotic spirit.

    But now with 4th of July Events locator button in our Map Toolbar on, you can see a convenient display of the events going on in your area and get directions from your house at the same time!

    We’ve compiled a list of over 500 of the best 4th of July events nationwide, and with our mapping expertise, we can provide the best route to get you to the front of the action as quickly as possible.

    Now, when the fireworks start going off, you’ll be able to avoid traffic and get the best seat in the house!

    Find out where the best July 4th events are going on around your area at our brand new beta site! Or on our current site.

    Hope you have a great 4th!