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I thought they were giant red thumbtacks, perhaps to prank satalite photos like google earth.

Posted by Griff | July 9, 2007 2:50 PM
Posted by Gurldoggie | July 9, 2007 2:51 PM

I thought that it was a giant push pin.

Posted by Tost | July 9, 2007 2:51 PM

... or satellite photos.


Posted by Griff | July 9, 2007 2:53 PM

It's Microsoft advertising.

Posted by Dan | July 9, 2007 2:54 PM

So it's a Microsoft gimic.

Posted by elswinger | July 9, 2007 2:54 PM

What #2 said.

Posted by Mr. Poe | July 9, 2007 2:55 PM

The one on the Garage baffled me last night. Thanks for clearing it up.

Posted by Amy Kate Horn | July 9, 2007 2:57 PM

microsoft + advertising + money = stupid inflatable push pins and a ton of posters along pike and pine.

Posted by seattle98104 | July 9, 2007 2:57 PM

Microsoft never quite gets this stuff right. My wife and I saw a couple of these over the weekend and I loved the fact that she assumed they were Apple/iPhone/Google Maps related. Being the geek that I am, I pointed out that Google Map pins have rounded heads, but if your average person might see this as Google/Apple-related, it really does show how poor a job Microsoft can do at times in differentiating it's products. I mean, couldn't they at least you a different color pushpin?!?

Posted by Tom | July 9, 2007 3:01 PM

Oops... I meant "use a different color"...

Posted by Tom | July 9, 2007 3:03 PM

#10, What map product does Microsoft need to differentiate itself from in regards to Apple? If you are talking about the fact that the iPhone runs Google maps, then I would say that's grasping at straws, when you consider that Google Maps has been running on most kinds of SmartPhone for at least a year now.

Posted by Tiffany | July 9, 2007 3:11 PM

push pins are wider at the bottom.

Posted by and | July 9, 2007 3:14 PM

@10 - I think Microsoft does this on purpose. They like to confuse who came up with innovations as they blatantly steal others' ideas.

Remember Apple's Trash Can! ... errr, I mean, remember Microsoft's Recycle bin! Which one came first? 12 years after Windows 95 and it's all a little hazy now ...

Posted by SteveR | July 9, 2007 3:17 PM

The first one I saw was on top of the B&O, so I assumed it was some sort of well-funded but oblique protest that the place would soon be turned into condos. But nobody seems to care about that.

Posted by --MC | July 9, 2007 3:35 PM

There's one on Mama's Mexican Restaurant too.

Posted by monkey | July 9, 2007 3:35 PM

oh man. I like that Claire girl! shes' smart!

Posted by nipper | July 9, 2007 3:43 PM
Posted by Prospero | July 9, 2007 4:25 PM

And of course their site doesn't fully work on Safari.

Posted by DOUG. | July 9, 2007 4:34 PM

"We started the Pushpin Project because we're fans of the underground. The dive. The one-of-a-kind Seattle."

pretty much says it all right there.

Posted by Paulus | July 9, 2007 4:49 PM

Sadly, marketing stiffness is obscuring the fact that the Bird's Eye view in Live Earth is pretty fucking awesome (and has MUCH more recent images than Google Earth, who still show my house pre-patio, which has been years now. You should see the pier at Blackpool.

Posted by Fnarf | July 9, 2007 5:18 PM

Hey Paulus, guess where i'm at right now. I'm in charge of the next push pin placement. I was thinking of putting it on your crotch.

Posted by sars | July 9, 2007 5:28 PM

@14: The fact that Microsoft stole it from Apple (who stole most of their "innovation" from Xerox to begin with) doesn't negate the fact that it's a STUPID IDEA.

Posted by supergp | July 9, 2007 6:14 PM

I want Microsoft to steal John Hodgman from those putrid Apple commercials, place him inside Vivace Roasteria, and force him to tell me stories in a cockney accent, wearing large yellow sunglasses. C'mon 'Soft, you guys have tons of dough, I'm sure kidnapping is in your sphere of ethical conduct. I'll even arrange to have "E=MC2" (by Giorgio Moroder) played on a large, 80's hip hop boombox while Messer Hodg-y blusters/blunders through another tale

Posted by Ross | July 9, 2007 6:29 PM

How about you pushpin guys get your damn act together and make a webpage that works on all browsers? "We're sorry, this app doesn't work on Safari"? You are still using client detection? Is this 1998?

I'd love to find out what the hell these ugly things are all over the place, but your webpage won't let me.

Posted by Jason Petersen | July 9, 2007 6:33 PM

there's one in Ballard too, above Romanza or whatever that semi-tacky gift shop is called.

Posted by el | July 9, 2007 6:38 PM

Let's see... Google Maps recently introduced draggable driving directions (a feature maddeningly missing from trip planners in general since they emerged in the 90's), is already chock-a-block with local business info, and has in general been the shiznit for a good long while.

Sorry, I can't be bothered with web apps that don't run in my choice of browser.

Posted by lostboy | July 9, 2007 8:37 PM

we are listed as your enemy over here at Metblogs, but we do have some good information every once in awhile...

Posted by Jeanna | July 10, 2007 9:53 AM

So in other words, #20, all those push-pins denote sites of future mixed-use condo development.

Posted by NapoleonXIV | July 10, 2007 1:00 PM

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