Cool uses of Google Maps

Lately a number of sites and developers have been tapping into Google Maps to create great new tools. Any of these ideas would be fantastic on news sites. Here are eight of the coolest ones:

HousingMaps: Craigslist apartment listings plotted on Google Maps
Found City: A community-generated map of interesting places in New York City
Google Sightseeing: A blog that shows "the best tourist spots in the world via Google Maps' satellite imagery."
Google-Traffic.com: Maps traffic data onto Google Maps
Google Maps Wallpapers: Merges Google Maps satellite "tiles" to produce wallpaper or a poster
Cheap Gas: Find cheap gas prices, powered by gasbuddy and Google Maps

And the following, created by Adrian Holovaty, ljworld.com's lead devloper:
Entertainment locations listed on Lawrence.com are shown on mini-Google Maps inserted on the site's pages
Chicago transit maps on Google Maps
ChicagoCrime.org. ong the cool features on this site:
    - You can view crimes by type, location and a number of other criteria and see them plotted on a Google Map.
    - Every city block in Chicago has a detail page with its latest crimes and links to crimes within 1, 2, 3, 5 or 8 blocks.
    - RSS feeds for every block and police beat in the city.

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Also a few more applications here.

Posted by ric Baillargeon at May 22, 2005 5:22 PM

Here is another real estate related hack out there: http://www.cytadia.us where you can map your search results on a google map.

Posted by Ryan at May 26, 2005 12:23 PM

My little experiments

Google Maps IP, mixing Google Maps + Host IP.

Google Maps Traceroute, mixing Google Maps + Host IP + Alert Site.

Google Maps Earthquakes, mixing Google Maps + USGS Earthquakes.

Enjoy :)

Posted by kharkoma at May 28, 2005 3:07 PM

Please also consider www.sprol.com, a site that is largely powered by google maps and concerns itself with visiting "the worst places in the world"

Posted by Automatt at May 29, 2005 11:30 PM

Here's my hack..


This can take just about any data source and plot it on a map, and currently combines a lot of what other people have already done.

Current data includes, weather, traffic, webcams, Flickr photos, speed cameras and geocaches.

Posted by Dom Ramsey at June 12, 2005 2:01 AM

Incidentlog.com, U.S. Police, Fire, and 911 Incident Database with real-time feeds, also has a google maps mashup of data.


Posted by Scott at June 25, 2005 11:29 AM

Incidentlog.com, U.S. Police, Fire, and 911 Incident Database with realtime feeds, also has a google maps mashup of data.


Posted by Scott at June 25, 2005 11:29 AM

Here's a couple of places to find a constant stream of Google Maps Hacks and Projects:


Posted by Joe Murphy at July 11, 2005 7:32 PM

Hot or Not meets Gmaps: http://apps.hotornot.com/jeff/

Posted by Joe Murphy at July 26, 2005 12:54 AM

Here goes great google maps library Google Maps Explorer

Posted by aBbYz at July 28, 2005 11:06 AM


Smugmug has made a cool new mapping feature that will allow users to map where they took their pictures. Each gallery and each user has their own world map for every picture that they enter lat, long data. Additionally, there is a Google Earth feed for each user as well!

A little more here: http://blogs.smugmug.com/release-notes/2005/08/17/phase-2-complete/

Posted by Mike at September 6, 2005 6:19 PM

This tool is neat, it groups web site traffic into cities and shows how many people visit a site.


Posted by Frank at September 17, 2005 2:30 PM

on http://www.topspot-ornot.com there is an application to do a virtual travel around the world with over 3000 locations. during the travel you have to vote for the places as in hotornot. cool design and informations on the page.

Posted by wanagi at September 20, 2005 6:37 AM

Stained glass work from around the world inegrated with Gmaps: http://www.stainedglassers.com

Posted by zorbat788 at September 24, 2005 5:29 PM

GeoNews = GNews + GMaps.
RealTime Google news without page refresh.

try http://www.wereporters.com/geonews.htm

Posted by ame at October 13, 2005 6:38 PM


"The average American spends 6 months during their life sitting at a red light".

Use this site to find that annoying traffic light, stop sign, roadway, or intersection and make people aware of the problem! Leave a comment or just rate the location. Even create a petition or sign one if it already exists.

Together we can live life at our destination!

Posted by Scott at October 15, 2005 12:40 PM

Xtreme Sports Xchange + Google Maps = Xtreme Way to Find Your Favorite Xtreme Sports

Posted by Scott at October 15, 2005 12:44 PM

Here is a real estate mash-up for "For Sale by Owner" property listings. It allows you to search by clicking down to your area. Simple to use an only 3 clicks to view a real estate listings, it also provides a google earth link and a mortgage calculator specific to each listing. Take a look at: http://www.forsalebyownercenter.com/maps/

Posted by confused at November 29, 2005 8:55 PM

I work for a newspaper site. We have been using Gmaps in articles with the ability for the user to see the a larger version of the map as well. The user can also submit their address to see how far they are from any point on the map.

Sample article: http://www.mcall.com/news/local/police/all-severoupdate1201,0,4688994.story?coll=all-news-hed

Posted by Jeff at December 1, 2005 7:07 PM

I've found another traceroute/Google Maps mashup. This tool allows you to traceroute by IP address or host name to see the path the packets take. You can run the trace from their server or from your PC. It's pretty slick, and has some settings you can tweak for doing the traceroute. It also can also do “whois” queries when you click on one of the hops (to find out that hop's IP). And if you just want to know where any particular computer/server/IP is you can also type in the IP or host name in their ping tool and find out if the host is up, where it is, and get the “whois” record. Seems like a very useful site/tool.


Posted by m kat at January 4, 2006 6:14 PM

How do you like this?
PINTOMAP links more then 50 000 Wikipedia articles on a map. It's hard to find a corner of the world where you don't find any pin.

Posted by mcu at January 11, 2006 6:29 AM

We're using google maps to spotlight eminent domain abuses around the country. Eminent domain has been in the national spotlight since the US Supreme Court ruled in Kelo v. New London in June 2005 to allow governments to take private property and hand it over to other private developers.

In addition to being a new creative use of the google maps api, we feel that it effectively reveals the widespread abuse of eminent domain.

Posted by isaacreese at January 27, 2006 2:14 PM

Here's a mashup of B&Bs across the US and Canada and Google Maps


Posted by jpavery at March 16, 2006 12:50 PM

Here's my little use of this wonderful API:
Lists UK broadband providers - maps the distance to your local exchange and calculates the maximum broadband speed of an ADSL connection.

Posted by broadbander at July 4, 2006 11:31 AM

At FindThatPet.com: http://www.findthatpet.com We have created a map mashup to help find lost dogs and cats Users can pinpoint the exact location that the pet was lost. Listing a lost pet is free.

Posted by TopDog at July 7, 2006 6:44 PM

PhotoEnforced.com is a database of red light camera and speed camera locations and fines. The open database consists of almost 1800+ red light camera and speed camera locations and it is growing everyday.


Currently the web site has regional Google maps live for Los Angeles, Orange County, San Diego, Northern California and Washington DC.

Posted by estrategy at July 10, 2006 8:53 PM

For all the fans of the hit T.V drama 'Lost' - here is a map of lost fans!

Posted by technojos at October 5, 2006 5:00 PM

Scuba Diving and Spearfishing map of Australia, users can add their favorite spots, comments and photos of fish caught at the spot!

Posted by Alex at October 9, 2006 11:14 PM

Have a look at WeatherBonk.com
for webcams, weather, forecasts, traffic, monthly normals, radar, and more

Posted by Dave at October 21, 2006 3:44 AM

Here's a Google Maps API implementation that lets users locate fitness centers in the U.S. and Canada.

Posted by Ryan at October 22, 2006 8:31 PM

The link for the fitness center locator did not get posted. Here it is again:


Posted by Ryan at October 22, 2006 8:33 PM

www.fishingstories.ca or www.seemyfish.com is my first kick at the can of developing google maps mashups. The mashup was fun to develop, but as I soon found out it is more difficult to attract users... more difficult than catching the fish. Oh well live and learn.

Posted by Beagledog at October 24, 2006 9:23 PM


Posted by beagledog at October 24, 2006 10:43 PM

IBISEYE.com won a Knight-Batten Award of Distinction for Innovation. It's a hurricane tracking service that uses Google Maps. Plot hurricanes dating back to the 1800s. The folks who made it work with me at HeraldTribune.com. Credit goes to Maurice Tamman and Charlie Szymanski.


Posted by Lucas at November 1, 2006 9:18 PM

www.geospot.eu contains a Directory of many Point Of Interest in Europe placed on google maps. Categories like Indoor Ski, Factory Outlet, Theme Parks. Link: www.geospot.eu

Posted by Antoon at November 2, 2006 4:19 AM

www.maplib.net can create custom google maps in two easy steps

Posted by guest at November 3, 2006 9:22 AM

Here is a cool one:
maps for running, jogging, biking, and other exercises, provide distance calculation, and calorie counter, based on google maps api, You can draw your own maps or import form GPS data and then share with others. You can also query traffic information and weather information about a certain route. Support English, Chinese, and Japanese


Posted by Le Petit Prince at November 25, 2006 3:59 AM

Bikes + GPS + pics + maps = MTBGuru
Focused so far on mountain biking and Northern California, but expanding in scope...

Posted by mtbguru at December 16, 2006 7:22 PM

It is a site for travelers, and honestly... for everyone else too...
With NaviTraveler, you can post anything in the world. Add photos, add comments and ratings.
You can even import and export places to your GPS. It is the ultimate travel tool.
The cool thing about it is that you can search by categories, which means you can find the things most interesting to you almost too easily.
Check it out.

Posted by Chris at December 20, 2006 12:20 AM

An awesome lost and found site for pets, valuables, etc.: www.thefoundbin.com

Posted by Mike at January 7, 2007 5:41 PM

Nice collection of sites you've got here. I've also built a food site with Google Maps that helps locate eating places in Singapore.

Posted by Andrew at January 31, 2007 3:02 PM

Sorry, forgot to add my website above : www.goodfood.sg.

Posted by Andrew at January 31, 2007 3:04 PM

Nice collection of sites you've got here. I've also built a food site with Google Maps that helps locate eating places in Singapore. Here goes the URL (again) : www.goodfood.sg

Posted by Andrew at January 31, 2007 11:35 PM

Hey how can I ctreate a google map to where my businessresides. I would then like to submit to Googles Gmap directory.
What next...Podcast?

Posted by Francisco at February 7, 2007 3:11 AM

Hey how can I create a google map to where my business resides. I would then like to submit it to Googles Gmap directory.
What next...Podcast?

Posted by Francisco at February 7, 2007 3:12 AM

This one is pretty cool as well. It gives walking tours using Google Maps


Posted by City Tours at February 12, 2007 12:35 PM

For those looking for totally free Vehicle Tracking http://www.locatea.net have produced it using google maps...

The whole world can be tracked for free!

Posted by LocateA.net at February 15, 2007 3:44 PM

Here's one for motorcyclists looking for roads and routes to ride:


Posted by BB at February 25, 2007 10:02 PM

tag a spot on http://www.mapsfun.com

Posted by mapsfun.com at April 3, 2007 7:20 PM

Here is a different Google Maps (and YouTube) mashup for Nirvana fans. A World of Nirvana - http://www.aworldofnirvana.com

Posted by hank liu at April 4, 2007 2:55 PM

Yet another cool site - Google Maps mashup showing virtual reality views of different places around the world - http://3dtour.cz . After trying their fullscreen interactive panoramas I have to admit it's quite addictive stuff. Like you would be there!

Posted by soliar at April 6, 2007 11:56 PM

here is one new site www.roamoo.com which uses google map api. All you want to know about one specific place is in one place.

Posted by peilicui at April 16, 2007 3:27 PM

Another maps: World weather forecasts and current weather conditions on Google Maps and mobile phone - www.meteo-si.com

Posted by Jure at June 21, 2007 9:43 AM

For 750+ GPS motorcycle rides try:

Unlike most other sites SMR is 100% free, no login required.

Posted by rsingh at September 11, 2007 2:13 PM

Anybody able to HELP ME with Google Maps pls?? Am trying to use them to advertise my site and getting nowhere. The help centre is useless!!!

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Posted by jim green at December 25, 2007 8:36 AM

pls see : www.mappow.com
Hi5, myspace user's map.

Posted by audy at April 24, 2008 12:03 AM

You can also get a fully featured web-based vehicle tracking and asset tracking system that integrates with Google Maps by visiting www.simplytrak.co.uk

Posted by AJ at June 12, 2008 11:38 AM

Find online used limousines dealers of lincoln limo, suv limo and more in florida and more stats with classic limousines sales at limousines trader.

Posted by chirag doshi at July 18, 2008 6:58 AM

Another great lost and found recource www.lost-and-found.ru which is a Russia's national database of Lost and Found items.

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The ultimate HELICOPTER SIM based on Google Earth. Contains some easter-eggs (hidden funtions for fun). You controle where you take off (any place in the world) and direction, speed, altitude and camera angle.

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