Posted August 21, 2007 4:37 pm by with 3 comments

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Andy is off gallivanting around, leaving me here to do all the dirty work. Stupid conference. So,
time for the daily dose of Google news.

Google Maps Now Embeddable
Google announced today on their Lat Long Blog that Google Maps will now features embeddable HTML for Google Maps, similar to YouTube’s embeddable videos.

To embed your map, create the map in Google Maps: directions, business listings, photos, or whatever else you want to include. Google Lat Long Blog offers a few examples of how this service might be used, including to indicate a business’s location on their website, or to share your geotagged photos.

link to this page code
Once you’ve created the map, click on the “Link to this page” in the upper right corner. As with YouTube, the embed HTML appears so you can cut and paste the code (an iframe) into your blog or website.

The service will be available for users in the US, the UK, Canada, Australia, Japan, France, Italy, Germany, Spain, Netherlands, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, Norway, Sweden and Russia, and speaking English, French, Italian, German, Spanish, Dutch, Danish, Finnish, Norwegian, Swedish, Russian, Japanese, Catalan, Basque, Galician, Welsh, Faroese and Chinese (TW).

As we mentioned last week, there has long been a plugin that handled this for WordPress blogs, but Google Maps has now made it easier for all website owners to embed specialized maps in HTML.

Read the full announcement on the Google News Blog.

Google News Adds YouTube
Google News integrated with YouTube to include Plus Box listings of professional news content on YouTube. Search Engine Journal has a screenshot. I’m a bit surprised it’s taken this long to see this.

  • I’d rather be blogging than on a plane. Maybe that would make a cool t-shirt. 😉

  • Embedding Google Maps is great for non-wordpress users like myself. I keep getting more excited by their maps every month it seems.

    If only I could spread the word that Mapquest maps are outdated and their directions are usually wrong, I could save myself a lot of “I’m lost” calls from people.

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