Google Maps is another technological innovation by Google. Sites with maps have been around for a long time, including Yahoo Maps and MapQuest, and others.
The interface to Google Maps is very clean and simple, yet very functional. You double click to center, you slide the bar to zoom in or out, and you can drag the map.
You can search on an address or a business, and get driving directions.
Recently, Google added Satellite Images to the maps as well. They also expanded to UK and British Isles.
Some creative individuals on the internet have expanded Google Maps into ways that are really striking in its innovation, leadingsome to note that users have been accelerating innovation with Google Maps. Here is an AP story about how there are multiple uses for Google Maps.
Here are several interesting sites that show how Google Maps are being used in ways never thought of before.
- Some interesting Google satellite maps.
- Gmaps Standalone.
- Merges real estate for sale from craigslist with Google maps.
- Housing Maps.
- Google Wallpapers.
- Cheap Gas Prices on a Map.
- Google Maps Sightseeing.
- Chicago Crime.
- Tracking sexual predators in Florida.
- USNDC Eyeball.
- Delicious google maps tags.
- Return of Design.
- Google Maps nicj.
Drupal and Google Maps
Someone has already played with Drupal and Google Maps It is another instance of integrating Google Maps with a popular Content Management System. A suggestion later for using Google Maps with Drupal.
Surfing Google Maps
Some interesting hidden nuggets in Google's Satellite Maps
- Plane taking of from Atlanta airport follow it, east north east as it gains altitude, and note its shadow on the ground.
- Example of how Satellite data combines summer and winter photos: Boats of summer and ice of winteranother and another and another .