Online News Roundup: Google launches Mapathon, Travelocity shuts Indian site

Google MapsGoogle launches Mapathon 2013 for the first time in India

To give better and optimized mapping experience, Google has launched an open mapping contest  Mapathon 2013 – for Google Map’s users across the country. Users can register here for the 13 day long event, starting on February 12. The top 1000 mappers will have chance to win Android tablets, smartphones, gift vouchers and Google merchandise.

Conceptualized in India, Mapathon 2013 , Users can use Google Map Maker (link), is a tool that allows users to add more detail to Google Maps through a few simple clicks. Using Google Map Maker, you can select a specific area on Google Maps and add new information based on your own local knowledge or by referencing the satellite imagery on Google Maps.

Recommended read: Geospatial services like mapping generate $3 billion revenues and employs 135,000 people in India

Travelocity shuts down its Indian site

Travelocity’s India focused website has shut down its operation. Currently, the message on its .in domain reads as:

This India-specific site is not operational anymore; however we are re-directing you to our global site, Travelocity.com where you will find all the options you may be looking for!

Besides its Indian operation, Travelocity currently operates in 11 US states and across 10 countries in Europe. Earlier in June, 2012 OTA  major Yatra acquired online hotel distribution network Travelguru from Travelocity in an all cash deal.

SnapDeal partners with FnP for Valentine’s week

Valentine Day fever is around the corner and to cash the business opportunity SnapDeal has partnered with Ferns and Petals for delivery of valentine’s gifts. Customers can pre-book their order on specific dates spanning the entire valentine’s week.

SnapDeal appears to be targeting youngster this valentine through its uniques marketing gimmicks. Earlier this week, it launched a campaign –  My Love Capital, which allows people around the country to select India’s Love Capital for the year 2013.

The campaign allows users to upload photographs and videos denoting the city they associate with love the most across the country, and captures votes of people from dedicated online destination (link).

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