Google Maps Lets Users Embed Free Maps in Their Sites or Blogs
Google Maps is providing an easy way for users to embed Google Maps images in their own Websites or blog posts.Website owners and bloggers who want to incorporate a quality map image in their online posts can now take advantage of a new Google Maps service that will let them embed and use maps images for free. The new capability was unveiled recently by Ken Hoetmer, the product manager for the Google Maps API, in a post on the Google Geo Developers Blog. To embed a Google Map, a user can copy and paste an HTML snippet into the code for their Website or blog, wrote Hoetmer. "Make sure you're opted in, and then head over to Google Maps, click on the gear icon on the lower right, and give it a go." Users can create and use embedded maps by signing in to their Google accounts, where they can view or select relevant content, such as their saved places from Google Maps, according to Hoetmer. "Conversely, they can also save a location from your embedded map for viewing on Google Maps for desktop or mobile. To top it off, embedded maps are free of usage limits, so you don't have to worry about quotas." In connection to the new embedded maps capabilities, Google Maps is also introducing an on-map advertising design that will allow relevant local businesses to connect with a site's users, "similar to the ads you currently see in the new Google Maps and Google Maps for Mobile," wrote Hoetmer. As part of this release, Google has also updated the Google Maps/Earth APIs Terms of Service to allow the company to incorporate the new APIs with the advertising, he wrote. "Existing APIs and new APIs launched without advertising retain the requirement for Google to provide 90 days notice prior to including ads."
Earlier in December, Google Maps announced that it is gaining some spectacular map imagery from the National Geographic Society, which is contributing some 500 of its maps to Google Map's new public data program. Under the newly launched Google Maps Engine public data program, organizations can now distribute their map content to consumers using Google's cloud infrastructure, according to Google. And that's where National Geographic's contribution comes in, bringing digital images of many of the long-popular printed maps that are often tucked inside the latest issues of the magazine.