Google India under an initiative with Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) is set to provide Google Maps users information on Delhi Metro train schedules and routes. The information to be regularly updated will be made available through Google Transit, a dedicated service that allows users to plan a trip using public transportation system and can give information on train timings, station locations, frequency of service, time taken for travel and ticket fares.
E Sreedharan, Managing Director-Delhi Metro Rail Corporation said 93In line with Delhi Metro92s vision for a people-centric public transport system, we have launched several initiatives that will help commuters better manage their travel time, transfers, and make more informed transport decisions. The collaboration with Google is another step in this direction to make it even more easier for the public to plan their trips with transit information on Google Maps94.
Manik Gupta, product manager of Google Maps and Local, Google India said 93Google Transit’s goal is to make public transport information easily accessible and useful. With just a click on a station, metro commuters can get information about timings, stations, passing lines, frequency of service etc. As Delhi Metro becomes the favored public transportation for thousands of commuters every day, this service will help attract new commuters and help existing commuters to discover new routes.94
One of world92s leading social-networking website Facebook has passed Google to become the most visited website in the US. According to industry tracker Hitwise, Facebook started by Mark Zukerberg in 2004 finished the week ending March 13 as the most visited site in US. Heather Dougherty, Director-research (Hitwise) said it92s a important milestone with Facebook enjoyed a 185% increase in visits in the same period, over Googles92 9% increase in the same time. However it does not include Google websites such as social-networking website Orkut started by Orkut BFCyFCkkF6kten in 2004, or the popular Gmail email service, YouTube and Google Maps.
Together, both Facebook.com and Google.com accounted for 14% of the US Internet visits last week. However David Drummond, SVP-Google said 93We are at a critical point in the future of the internet. All of us have a choice. We can allow repressive policies to take flight and spread across the globe, or we can work together against such challenges and uphold the fundamental human right to free expression.94 It may be known that Google has added the social-networking feature Buzz to its Gmail service as well as new message inbox that echoes Gmail’s format, to reposition itself from challenges faced from Facebook.com and micro-blogging site Twitter.com.
According to online tracking firm, comScore; Facebook boasts some 400 million users while Gmail had 176 million unique visitors in December, 2009. Google, meanwhile has taken measures to limit online free expression, in 40 countries. It may be known that Google and YouTube services are or have been blocked completely in 25 countries.