A new feature in Google Maps now "highlight areas" when you search for a country, a city, a state or a ZIP code and Google Maps will automatically highlight it.
Now, "when you search for a city or a county or a ZIP Code, Google Maps now highlights the boundaries of what you searched for. If you are zoomed out, the whole area is shaded with pink color. And, if you zoom in a bit, it has just a big pink border with grey shading. Zoom in even more and it's a dashed boundary with grey shading," revealed a reader of Google OS.
In other Google Geo news, Ari Daniel Shapiro from Atlantic Public Media (APM), a non-profit public media organization in Woods Hole, Massachusetts, shared a couple of video tours showcasing how APM has weaved Google Earth and KML tours into engaging stories about the diversity of life.
APM is a recipient of a Google Earth Outreach Developer Grant, funded through the Google Inc. Charitable Giving Fund at the Tides Foundation,
Shapiro writes, "these tours combine voice, sound, images, video, and data-driven animations to explain how two creatures have been able to travel so much of our planet. Coming from a public radio documentary background, we tend to approach things from a purely narrative or poetic angle, but Google Earth tours allow for audio/visual dialogue as well. The movement isn't purely in the story. The map can become part of a "conversation," and we're just beginning to explore the possibilities."