Thursday, February 16, 2006

How Google uses Google Maps


Google Maps Mania shows you all the great things people out on the web are doing with the Google Maps API, but what is Google itself doing with it? Googlers have integrated Google Local maps into a few projects but not as many as I would have expected:

Google Maps link in GMail - Messages in GMail with a postal address or package number will display a "Map this.." link, giving you the option to display the information on a Google Map. Check out more info on this feature from the following GMail Help Center entry. [via]

Google Desktop includes a Google Maps panel - The Official Google Blog had this to say about their inclusion of Google Maps back on Nov.3/05: "Fans of Google Maps will want to check out Sidebar's new maps panel, which lets you do all the usual cool maps stuff -- local business info, directions, sightseeing -- plus a new one: finding new locations relevant to the web pages and emails you're reading and showing them in your maps panel."

Google Mini Map - This map shows deployments of the Google Mini search appliance. Each pin on the map allows a prospective Google Mini customer to learn more about what the search appliance is doing for that particular customer.

Google Summer of Code - From the Google webpage: "The Summer of Code is Google's program designed to introduce students to the world of open source software development. It ran through September 1st, 2005." Check out the website and the use of the Google Maps API here.

Do you know of another "Google-Google Map" use? If so, please post a comment to let us know!

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