Interview with Jeremy Tanner of MapQuest

Tell us a bit about yourself:
MapQuest is the #1 destination for maps and directions in the US, used by more than 40 million every month.

Please share a brief history of your company (or your work with WordPress):
Around since 1994, MapQuest has been using WordPress on since 2008.

What is your favorite plugin?
All in One SEO Pack

Tell us about your latest WP project:
Map Builder plugin for WordPress
Allows users to make maps to embed from the same place as they write their posts.

Share one WP tip:
Update & backup often. A little sweat now will prevent tears later.

Any tips for people just getting started with Blogging or using WP?
Start writing, don’t stop.

Do you have a WP hero?
Pagely, Crowd Favorite & Mark Jaquith are all pretty swell.

What is your motto?
MapQuest is the trusted source for maps and directions; where to go, how to get there and what to do along the way.

What is the funniest tweet you ever read?
I’m so glad my GPS has a bear-warning feature! “Bear to the left.” Ok, I won’t go that way then! Atlanta has SO MANY bears! –@crispycracka

What is the funniest thing that ever happened to you at a conference?
Ask me in Chicago

Who is the most interesting person you have met through social media?
Was on a SXSW 09 panel with Todd Huffman. ( Ph.D., Traveler, Burner, Brain dissector, Entrepreneur

What is your favorite restaurant or club in Chicago?
I still think of the dinner I had at Carnivale (
For desert, Flamingo’s Ice Cream

Why did you choose to support WC Chicago?
We’ve never met an unconference we didn’t like. Looks like a great chance to show support for the community and introduce bloggers & developers to some of MapQuest’s tools.

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