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4:07 pm on Aug 21, 2007 (gmt 0)

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Today we're excited to announce a new feature on Google Maps that allows you to add maps to your blog or website just by copying and pasting a snippet of HTML. And once you embed the map, it has all the same functionality of the Google Maps you know and love; it's clickable, draggable, and zoomable.

Adding a map to your website or blog is now as easy as embedding a YouTube video. No programming skills are required, and there's no need to sign up for a Maps API key. All it takes is three simple steps:

Google's Embeddable Maps- YouTube Style [google-latlong.blogspot.com]

This makes it so easy to include a map within a site. No need for an API, simply go to google maps and select "link to this page" and copy the html into your site.

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4:47 pm on Aug 21, 2007 (gmt 0)

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Sweet. Even I can do that ;)
5:05 pm on Aug 21, 2007 (gmt 0)

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While this is very cool, my first thought when reading this was... "Great...more userdata for Google!"
5:58 pm on Aug 21, 2007 (gmt 0)

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I love it, Google finds a way to offer a neat, free tool and brand itself at the same time.

Already had a problem - I embedded a map in a blog post (WordPress) and know I can't edit the post.

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Okay,

In my custom map (which I created weeks ago and have been linking to since then), I added links back to the detail page on my site for each location "pinned" on the map.

This works great when someone clicks to the map page. But when I use the embed code to put the map in the page on my site, clicks to the detail page now load within the IFrame. Not good. Tried putting a target in the anchor tag for each link, but that didn't seem to work. (Just looked at it on Safari, though, haven't cross-tested to IE and Firefox, but if the option doesn't work for all three, it's not an option for me....)

TIA for the help.

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[review]
After playing with it for awhile, I'm now getting 500-Server Error responses. Looks like they slash-dotted themselves...

And one reason for all the traffic, if my experience is typical, may be that the map you get on your page *does not* look exactly like the map in their "Preview" -- Whether you use the "Customize" option or not. This results in a lot of trial-and-error, trying to get the zoom and offset of the map right -- Their mobile-Web maps are much easier to tweak than this.

So usability issue #2 is that for the sake of their server, they need to make this a precise "What you see is what you get" tool -- Not close, not approximate, exact.

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"Your client does not have permission to get URL /maps?..."

Worked a minute ago, hmm, wait and see...

3:59 pm on Aug 22, 2007 (gmt 0)

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really great tool, but...

In my custom map, I added links (...)

This works great when someone clicks to the map page. But when I use the embed code to put the map in the page on my site, clicks to the detail page now load within the IFrame. Not good. Tried putting a target in the anchor tag for each link, but that didn't seem to work.

I have the same problem on Mozilla Firefox
.. apparently Google Maps erases the "target=_blank" code when I save the map? Strange..

Thanx for eventual help

5:37 pm on Aug 22, 2007 (gmt 0)

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This is the third new G feature in a row that flaws at release and it's not even BETA. G is getting too big.
10:43 pm on Aug 22, 2007 (gmt 0)

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Whoa there....

This is godsend for the thousands of web developers who require maps to show the viewer where the hotel/resort/apartment/b&b is located. If you think about it, virtually every business with a physical address can benefit from a decent locality map on their site.

Plus the Google map has way more embedded features than any web developer can ever provide.

No more scanning street directory pages, no more scanning crappy maps of the back of brochures. Any Mom & Pop site can add a professional map now.

I saw this feature about a week ago and it worked a treat. Just add the address and call up the map, zoom in or out to the required magnification, turn the address balloon on or off as required... and then grab the link code. Works a treat for me.

Hats off to Google on this one.

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So no help here on the target="_blank" issue. Would be great if we can fix this.
 

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