Google Personalizes Maps by Adding "My Maps" Feature

Apr 6, 2007 • 9:56 am | comments (5) by twitter | Filed Under Other Google Topics

Yesterday, Google announced new personalized maps, a concept that was picked up by WebmasterWorld, DigitalPoint Forums, and Search Engine Watch Forums.

On DigitalPoint Forums, a user summarizes the features:

Now with Google Maps you can create and share personalized, annotated maps of your world. Mark your favorite places on your map. Draw lines and shapes to highlight paths and areas. Add your own text, photos, and videos. Publish your map to the web. Share your map with friends and family.

Google made an official statement acknowledging the new functionality as well.

When you go to Google Maps, you can now see a new tab that introduces you to My Maps.

Google My Maps Tab

When you click on that tab, you are invited to "Create a New Map." Here's a map I created.

First, I titled the map:

Create new Google My Maps

Then, with the tools available to me (placemarks, lines, and shapes), I personalized my map.

I showed you where I landed, using a Placemark, and where I was headed, using the Line Tool.

Google My Maps: Where I landed (Placemark)

Google My Maps: Where I was Headed (Line Tool)

I then used the Shape Tool with embedded HTML for an attached image to give you a picture of how close I was to a recent newsworthy event.

Google My Maps (Embed HTML)

Google My Maps: Where Anna Nicole Smith Died (Shape Tool)

This was surprisingly a fun experience and was really easy to use. I could see it being used for historical purposes (teaching) and even for mapping out possible road trips. Truthfully, the possibilities are endless.

Forum discussion continues at WebmasterWorld, DigitalPoint Forums, and Search Engine Watch Forums.

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Gerard van Enk

04/06/2007 07:58 pm

And also very important, all the maps created will be indexed also! So they could turn up in the search results of


04/19/2007 05:29 pm

It is unfortunate that the new "tabs" take half of the width of the browser window (that previously displayed map) *and* that the tabs apparently can't be turned off.


11/29/2007 12:23 am

i would like to know how to add it to SERP


03/25/2011 01:17 pm



03/25/2012 06:57 am

I like to know how to add this dragable marker?????

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