a9 Search Engine adds Yellow Pages

January 27, 2005

Amazon's search engine a9 has just added a pretty slick yellow pages directory.

One of the new features a9 yellow pages offers is something they call block view - they basically strapped a camera to a car and drove around Atlanta, Boston, Dallas, Chicago, New York City (Manhattan), Denver, Los Angeles, Seattle, Portland, Oregon, San Francisco and the Bay Area taking pictures of storefronts. So when you search in one of those areas you also get a picture of the storefront along with your results.

But even if you don't live in a metropolitan area, there is a handy mapquest map with the results annotated on it.

A9 Yellow Pages

There is a good writeup on how they did it, along with some videos.

3 people found this page useful, what do you think?


I think that metrobot.com has a far nicer approach if you can do without actual photos of the storefront. Plus it's all done in CF. Try browsing A9 on your cell phone;<)!

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