According to the news posted on newmediaage. The internet giant is planning on charging for the use of Google Maps API (application programming interface), which is vastly used on hotels, retailers and other websites where they like to show users where their offices are.
The cost will be of £2.50 per 1,000 hits, and this will roll out on 1st day of 2012. “However, a report by technology news site dailyconvo.com estimates this will only impact 0.35% of all users because the majority of sites use the API less than the set parameters.” – source: newmediaage.
“We understand that the introduction of these limits may be concerning,” – said Thor Mitchell when trying to tell everyone that this new charge is to help with the fund of the service. “However, with the continued growth in adoption of the Maps API, we need to secure its long-term future by ensuring that even when used by the highest volume for-profit sites, the service remains viable.”, “By introducing these limits, we are ensuring that Google can continue to offer the Maps API free of charge to the vast majority of developers for many years to come.” he added.
This is indeed quite concerning as most retailer and banking websites use this feature to help customers finding the closest store/branch, this may lead for them to either quit using this sort of services or use another Maps based system such as the one Bing offers.
Will this be a sign that Google may be charging for their services such as Google+ and Gmail? Leave your answers below.