Sunday, December 18, 2011
The Best Google Maps of the Week
Where the F..k Should I Go for a Drink? was probably the most shared of this week's Google Maps. The viral nature of the app might have had a lot to do with the title of the map but it is actually a brilliantly executed pub and bar locator.
If you share your location with Where the F..k Should I Go for a Drink? you will be shown a Google Map of your current location with directions to a nearby bar or pub. If you don't like the chosen pub you can simply click to get alternative recommendations.
Locating London's Past is a superb tool for exploring London's past on Google Maps.
The map allows users to visualise data relating to seventeenth and eighteenth-century London against John Rocque’s 1746 map of London. The data sets that can be viewed on the map include records of Old Bailey Proceedings, coroner's records, historical directories, plague deaths, archaeology finds and much more.
Google's own Build the Memory app is a powerful insight into the devastating effect of this year's Japanese earthquake and tsunami. The app features new Street View images of the affected area, which you can compare to Street View images taken before the earthquake.
This week also saw two new video maps. MapsTube lets you search for videos on Google Maps. It is a great way to search for videos shot at specific locations anywhere in the world. ZDF - Geothek, on the other hand, lets users browse a map for video clips from the German public broadcaster's archives that cover both current and historical events around the world.