TradeMe will shut down its popular online mapping site Smaps at the end of the month. It will now use Google Maps on its sub-sites, including Travelbug and TradeMe Property.
That is really a pity.
ProjectX Limited , the online mapping company who developed Smaps and ZoomIn , shut down its ZMS and switched ZoomIn.co.nz running on Google maps since 1th Sept this year. Now, TradeMe just simply dumps the site and gives up the 45 per cent of the market share of domestic traffic.They pretty much just accept that they were unlikely to beat Google at this game.
I am just feeling bad about it as I made some effort on Smaps during my time at ProjectX.