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Google Gets RIAs Right
Google Maps, implemented in AJAX, is a good example of a successful RIA (for examples of Flash/Flex implementations, seeAdobe.com). The quality of the Google Maps user experience leapfrogged past AOL's MapQuest, a brand that's been the market leader since the early 90s. Google Maps' market share has grown to reflect its user-experience advantage: while 2007 saw no growth in MapQuest's site traffic, Google Map's traffic grew by 135%.