Google Maps – “My Maps” Capability

On November 18, 2007 · 0 Comments - won't you be the first?

I’ve embedded a number of Google Maps on pages throughout my website using the API for a variety of different personal interests, including my Brewery Visit map and my Family Descendants in Dodge & Jefferson Counties map. They weren’t particularly difficult to put together but they did require at least a rudimentary understanding of HTML, XML and javascript. The biggest “pain” was actually gathering all of the required longitude / latitude coordinates.

With that in mind I decided to try Google’s “My Maps” to see if it might be useful for throwing together a simple map in a blog setting.  The first attempt was my Virginia, West of West Virginia entry. I have to say that I was impressed both with how easy it was to navigate and how quickly it gave me a usable script that I could drop directly into HTML.  It even allowed my to produce polylines and shaded polygons with a simple series of clicks.  While this tool wouldn’t suffice for major mashups like those featured in Google Maps Mania, it’s perfect for something like this little blog.

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