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Halloween: Finding Haunted Houses with Virtual Earth

Chris Pendleton has a post describing a useful feature built into Internet Explorer 7 and the Windows Live Toolbar that allows you to go to any haunted web site, select the address and view the haunted house in Bird’s Eye! In this example, we walk through the Haunted House Online powered by Haunt World. The site has a map, you can click on any one of the states on the map to get a resulting list of haunted houses available for you to go scare yourself in.

We found The House of Shock in New Orleans. The page includes videos, commentary, contact information such as phone number and address. We can select the address with mouse, we’ll get a small popup with 3 buttons – 1 for search, 1 for maps and 1 for weather. The maps button bring up a preview Virtual Earth map. Now, notice on the map popup there are 3 very useful links – get a full map of the location, get driving directions to this location and get driving directions from this location. Clicking any of these links will take you to Live Search Maps where you can view (or route yourself to) any of the locations on the Haunt World web site. So, even if your favorite web site doesn’t have Bird’s Eye you can still view the locations fairly seamlessly by having the Windows Live Toolbar installed.

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