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Hello, Google!

Google announced real time traffic and public transport routing for Singapore yesterday. Google is a big, scary, but-not-evil monster and they are here to eat us for lunch. :P

Now that we have gotten that out of the way, it's actually an exciting time for Gothere. We have been expecting this launch for some time. With Google here, we can finally check out how we fare in the face of the giant.

We feel that Google's introduction will be a net positive for Gothere and the industry as a whole. As they bring more attention to the industry, it will be easier for Gothere as a small startup to reach out and work together with the bigger players. Also, there will now be plenty of people who will be inclined to try out the different map and directions websites because of the amount of media attention they will bring.

We are working diligently on a number of initiatives that we are confident will make Gothere even more helpful for our users. We are listening to you with big ears. Whether it's something that we are doing right, or something that's awfully wrong, we are always willing to listen. It's the only way we can make something that's always relevant to the people who matters - you.

As Mr Lee mentioned about Singapore, we have to make changes constantly to remain relevant and useful to the world. Rest assured that we are not staying put, we will always be evolving to make things better and easier for you.

You can probably say that Google is like your favourite coffee chain where you know you can definitely get a cafe latte in any of its stores, whether you're in sunny San Francisco or bustling Beijing. But nothing beats that cup of kopi-o siu dai from the nearby kopitiam uncle who knows you best.

[Iconic photo of Kopitiam Uncle from Liyin]

Location-based services is where the action is at the moment, and we're really happy to be in the thick of things pushing the industry forward! In all, we think that this is great news for Singaporean commuters, who will now have more choices in finding directions and locating places!


  • Kevin

    You guys are funny, which matters a lot. The way I see it, where Google offers greater features, offers greater usability, which is the way Apple does it too! ;)

  • Matt

    I agree - I like the usability of more. The live traffic updates and the ability to reconfigure a route by dragging a section are nice features, though - any plans to add them to

    Good work on the site, though. It really is nicer to use for moving around Singapore =)

  • 6p00d83452d96669e2

    Great post guys. You are still one of my favorite websites ever and I look forward to your continuing innovation and excellence in execution.

  • Mugunth Kumar

    gothere still has taxi cost estimation as an edge over. I can search for "items" like coffee or chicken rice around an area, which still Google cannot and will not do it.

    However, there isn't a native client for iPhone/Android. Now, what big deal does that? I just can't, with one tap, get the directions to my "home" from my current location. (Do you guys atleast have a bookmarklet for that?)

    What percentage of users use your mobile site from iPhone/Android devices? You should really make an iPhone app.

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  • Madigan McCauley

    Good news for you, guys. But i can`t see new blogs here, so did Google eat you? I hope that i`m wrong. Because i really like your style and the way articles are written. All these memes and jokes make people read blogs with a smile. Thanks for this. Writing is really hard for me. When i was a student, i had to buy term papers for college in order not to be dropped, that is why i really appreciate well-written articles like this one. Thanks you!

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