Google Maps API Brings the World to You
After the success of reverse-engineered mash-ups, such as chicagocrime.org and housingmaps.com, Google launched the Google Maps API in June 2005 to allow developers to integrate Google Maps into their Websites. By using the Google Maps API, it is possible to embed the Google Maps site into an external Website, onto which site-specific data can be overlaid. The success of the Google Maps API has spawned a number of competing alternatives, including the Yahoo Maps API, Bing Maps Platform, MapQuest Development Platform and OpenLayers, but some of the best Websites out there employing location-based information use the Google Maps API—and what an awesome selection of sites there is. For example, aviation and ship lovers can dive deep into the hobbies of plane-spotting and ship-spotting through sites provided by Planefinder and Shipfinder, where enthusiasts can conduct real-time viewing online of planes and ships around the world. So what are you waiting for? Have a look at 10 whacky and wonderful maps all made with the help of Google Maps. You're gonna love it.