HoursMap Launches Widget to Help Holiday Shoppers Find Restaurants, Store Hours and What's Open Near Them
(EMAILWIRE.COM, December 02, 2010 ) San Mateo ,CA -HoursMap today announced the beta version of the HoursMap Store Hours Widget letting users create a simple widget that will show the restaurant and store hours near them. With the HoursMap Store Hours Widget, bloggers and webmasters can enhance the local experience on their sites. The Store Hours Widget is easy to use and can be built in only a few steps.
Widgets can be personalized, allowing for customization of the look and feel of the widget as well as the display of the store hours results. Widgets can be customized by city and state or webmasters can select certain businesses to include on the widget. Users can create widgets such as a map of the fast food joints that open late in a neighborhood, a list of stores that open past 7pm on Sundays, or a widget showing hours of popular places like Best Buy, Starbucks, and local post offices or banks. Widgets like these can be easily created with no programming skills.
The HoursMap Store Widget is well-suited to blogs and websites with a local focus. To make holiday shopping easier, webmasters can create a widget that shows hours for popular local stores such as Game Stop, Old Navy, and Walmart. Users will be able to see at a glance what`s open right now as they dash out the door for last minute shopping. "With the popularization of location-based sites such as Yelp, Foursquare, and Gowalla, users are demanding access to more local information via the web and mobile devices," said Wendy Yang, Founder of HoursMap. Yet, up-to-date hours of operation remains one of the pieces of local information that`s often inaccurate or missing.
Using innovative technology, HoursMap brings the most current business hours and location information to users. HoursMap discovers this data using its unique local semantic technology that recognizes and extracts local information from unstructured web pages. HoursMap crawls only the web pages with store location information so that sites can be re-indexed frequently, bringing users the most current data. Users can find information such as post office hours, banks hours, malls hours as well as information on popular places such as Costco, Target, In `n Out, and local eateries and stores. The HoursMap Store Hours Widget is the first offering in the HoursMap developer program. The HoursMap Store Hours Widget can be freely installed on any blog or website. To get the HoursMap Widget or for more information, please visit http://www.hoursmap.com/widgets.
HoursMap is a local search directory with information on stores, restaurants, post offices, and other businesses. Users can find hours of operation on hundreds of thousands of businesses as well as addresses, phone numbers, and maps. On HoursMap, users can see what`s open on a map or in a list. HoursMap uses innovative technology to obtain store hours data directly from websites. To learn more about HoursMap, please visit http://www.hoursmap.com. For press inquiries and interviews, please contact: Wendy Yang 1 650 204 8001 x535 firstname.lastname@example.org.