In April of 2007, Goolge had launched a feature called My Maps that lets anybody create a map quickly and easily just by pointing and clicking to enable all the world’s local experts to map their neighborhoods, their hobbies, their interests. To experiment this feature, go to Google Maps and click the My Maps tab. They’ve now, released a My Maps viewer to further promote the feature. It displays random recently added My Maps in a sort of interactive slide show.
Jess Lee, Product Manager, Google Maps writes:
Over the past 11 months, people have created more than 9 million My Maps, encompassing a total of 40 million placemarks. That’s an impressive 1 new placemark created every second! We never anticipated that people would become so interested in mapmaking, which used to be accessible only to priests, scholars, and academics.
To give you a better sense of what’s being created, we’ve put together a page that randomly displays My Maps, showcasing ones that were recently edited or added. We’ve seen everything from hotels in Havana to birthplaces of the 2008 presidential candidates to the aftermath of an oil spill to bird-watching spots in Oklahoma. We hope that this new page helps you discover some fascinating maps too.
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