Google maps are very useful when publishing your own website content or product. It becomes especially useful because it portrays all details related to a particular place.
Google maps are very useful to use. Just visit the maps official page and login with your Google Account. Google has officially announced the – “one account all of Google” feature. So, if you have a Gmail account; that’s enough for you to login to AdSense, AdWords, Wallet, Play, Analytics, Merchant, Code, and Maps and all that is under the Google brand.
This fantastic Google feature makes it even easier to access the varieties of Google.
Google Maps features
Google Maps has quite a lot of features. When we move deeper into the maps, we would find several aspects that make Google Maps perfect for business and also for personal use.
So, we take an insight on the latest version of Google Maps by visiting it live.
With Maps, we can do a lot! I mean, you can’t even imagine what Google has for you in this simple yet very hi-end application.
The satellite view – the realistic view if you want it!
One of the best features that I like about Google Maps is the satellite view, apart from the Map view. The satellite view gives exact photos of the roads and other landscapes in and around your place. It looks awesome!
The map view also shows the same outline or structure. But, the satellite view has a better appearance according to my personal choice.
The reason is simple. Just visit the official Google Maps page and type in an address nearby your place. If you have a good internet speed, your place has already been opened by now.
Now, switch to the satellite view. Look for the option at the left bottom corner of the website. Once you click on it, you will see that the view has changed. In this view, things look very realistic. In fact, you’ll be able to view trees and houses in their actual form. You can actually make out between color differences of the houses. Fencing an brick colors can be seen from this top view camera.
Google Maps transport suggestions
Transport suggestions are yet another useful feature of Google Maps. In case you do not know this, let me tell you that Google has a database maintaining the list of buses or available transport facilities from one place to another.
As soon as you type a query like – “point A to point B”, Google uses its internal algorithm to find a path between the two. If there are multiple paths, you would get all of them indicating which is shorter and which one is longer.
Apart from this, the thing we were speaking of – transport suggestions is also a gain factor for Google Maps surfers. The left top panel displaying all details will have multiple tabs now. Note that there are tabs with icons on them. One of them shows a car, another shows a human figure. Google estimates the time required by car and by foot and displays them on these tabs respectively.
There is a third tab with a bus icon. This tab gives the estimated time by bus and also a list of buses available on that root. If the root does not support a single direct bus, Google provides the break up and mentions all buses involved. Multiple bus options are also displayed. Isn’t that awesome?!
Route locator from one position to another
Route locator, as I mentioned previously, is a vital part of Google Maps. In fact, a statistics show that this feature is the most used section of Google Maps. This acts as a GPS on certain systems and helps the user to figure out every little detail about the road.
Route locator can determine any route possible between two given points. It also marks down the shortest route.
Embedding or sharing your custom map – includes “your places” when logged in
When you have a Google Places registration or identification on Google Maps, you must show and share it with as many people as possible. What best place to share than your own website.
Websites generally have a contact page. This page is meant for your visitors to get in touch with you if needed. Remember, the more information you give about you, the more leads you get to your website. The reason is simple – people do not love anonymous relations on the internet. Physical addresses and contact numbers help them gain more faith.
So, a map is awesome for a lasting relation. You give them straight directions to your place – they feel more comfortable in trusting you.
So how do we embed Google maps? It’s simple. Look for a gear icon at the right bottom corner. When you click on this icon, you would see a menu slide up. At the top, there’s an option called “Share and embed map”. Click on that and you’ll see the following box popup. Select the code and paste it in your website where you want it.
Note, that this map is your personal map if you are logged in at the time of getting the embed code. This means you would get all your saved places, starred items, etc. on this map.
Google Maps mobile – GPS and route apps
Google Maps is a feature that is already built in and installed in smartphones and iOS. Mobile devices are the best place where maps are used to their full potential.
GPS or Global Positioning System is one such feature. You can find roads and streets while walking or driving. So you are never lost with Google Maps at your hand.
Some of the fantastic apps associated with Google Maps are –
- Uber – This app helps you request a ride from anywhere. You get picked up in minutes and you can actually view your driver coming to you in real time. Compare rates and pay hassle free with Google Wallet or PayPal. Even when you do not know where you are exactly, simply click the place and the driver will come to you.
- Street View – This app helps you experience a place at street level. Checking landmarks and popular places.
That is all about maps. Now go get your hands on Google Maps and try out some of these.