Google Maps Masups 5

Street View’s Hot or Not

MIT’s Place Pulse project is a crowd-sourced experiment examining people’s perceptions of different urban environments.

The project presents two Street View images from Google Maps and asks users to vote for which place looks more ‘unique’, ‘safer’ or ‘upper class’.

As well as contributing to the research by answering the questions you can view the results and view which of the Street Views appear most or least safe, unique or upper-class.


Standard & Poor’s Credit Ratings Map

Standard and Poor’s downgrading of the USA’s credit rating to AA has sent shock-waves around the world.

You can consult this Standard and Poor’s Credit Rating Map to see the current credit ratings of countries around the world. The map was created with the Ikimaps Google Maps creation tool.

Standard & Poor’s (S&P) is a United States-based financial services company. It is a division of The McGraw-Hill Companies that publishes financial research and analysis on stocks and bonds.

Mobile Place Maps

Mobile Place Maps is a mobile friendly directions map creation tool.

The tool can be used to quickly get directions on your mobile phone. It can also be used by businesses and other venues to provide a link to a mobile friendly map showing the directions to their business from the nearest subway or train station.

The tool automatically detects your current location, so all you have to do is enter your destination. After you have entered a destination the tool will create driving, cycling or walking directions for your journey. The route of your journey is displayed on a Google Map and step-by-step directions are displayed beneath the map.

Once you have created a directions map with the tool you are also given a weblink. It is therefore possible to share your directions map with friends or create a link on a website to your directions map.

Hipmunk – Your Hotel & Hotspot Finder

Hipmunk, the flight planning and booking tool, has added a new hotel search function that includes an interesting hotspot facility.

Hipmunk allows users to search for hotels by location and date. The results of each search are shown on a Google Map, with green markers showing the cheapest rates and red the most expensive. It is also possible to sort the results by price, reviews and distance.

Hipmunk also allows users to overlay a number of heatmaps over the results. The heatmaps help the user to see which areas of their destination have high and low concentrations of restaurants, museums, bars etc.

The heatmaps are a useful tool, especially for users booking hotels in unfamiliar locations. In many ways the function improves on Google Hotel Finder’s tourist spotlight feature.

When you search for a hotel with Google Hotel Finder the map tourist spotlight highlights the most popular areas for visitors to stay.

Motorcycle Roads

Motorcycle Roads is a community driven guide to great motorcycle rides in America. Each of the great motorbike rides is accompanied by a Google Map of the ride’s route.

Each mapped route includes details about the ride’s length, road quality and roadside amenities. The scenery, road quality and amenities are each rated by the route’s submitter and include written details.

Sunday Morning Rides

Sunday Morning Rides has used Google Maps to map over 1,500 great motorbike rides throughout the USA.

You can search for rides by state and view each ride on its own map. Each route comes with an interactive elevation chart, which, if you mouseover, shows the Street View for that location.

Motorcycle Network

Motorcycle Network is a directory of everything to do with motorcycles in Australia. The site uses Google Maps to show all the parking spots in the major cities and also show all the motorcycle and scooter dealers, mechanics and gear shops, as well as all the training facilities, tours, insurance and hire places around Australia.


Mr Zip66’s Easy Rider Map

Denis Hopper’s Easy Rider is to many the seminal counter-culture movie of the 1960’s. Some of us may never get the chance to ride a bike across the States but thanks to Mr Zip we can follow the route on Google Maps.

Mr Zip has pieced together the locations used in the film and managed to put together a rough approximation of the route. The map itself is simple enough, showing the route in blue, with a few map markers showing the locations of the main scenes in the movie.


Via: GoogleMapsMania

Google Map Maker Updated Help Center

As part of  ongoing effort to answer your questions about Google Map Maker, we’re introducing a newly designed Help Center. In the new Help Center, you can find clearly documented policies and information about how to make edits and review others’ edits.

This Help Center, available in 20 languages thus far, includes tips and tricks to help ensure that your edits get approved quickly. Where possible, we also provide a rationale for why you’re asked to fill certain attributes or make edits in a particular way.

In addition, we’ve organized the Help Center into five guides, each addressing a key aspect of Map Maker:

Each user guide article follows a consistent format so that you can easily find and skip information with which you’re already familiar. Links to related articles are also provided where appropriate.

Please let us know if you have feedback about the new Help Center on the Map Your World forum, as that will help form our next round of improvements. Your tips and best practices for Map Maker are also most welcome.

You can get to the new help center via the Help link at the top right corner of Map Maker or visit

King on The Greatest Challenge

“One of the great tragedies of life is that men seldom bridge the gulf between practice and profession, between doing and saying.”

–Martin Luther King, Jr. (1929–1968)
American civil rights leader
Nobel Peace Prize winner

Do your actions…

  1. create a positive buzz about you and your work?
  2. make others want you as a part of their team?
  3. make your employer cringe at the thought of losing you to a competitor?
  4. make your customers excited about referring you to their colleagues?

You want your actions to scream value without the need for you to say a word. This is where you want to be – with those in your company and industry – and with those to whom you’re selling.

This is what creates true economic and job security – the value you and your team create for others.

This is care (what it’s all about).

When you have the opportunity over the next few days, set a reminder to review these four questions at the end of each month. Then, give yourself a little (objective) attention by reviewing them and creating an action plan to improve in each area where you feel you should.

Easier said than done… still needs to be done.