Google Personalizes Maps by Adding "My Maps" Feature

Apr 6, 2007 • 9:56 am | comments (5) by | 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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