Google Map Ads and More

January 21st, 2006

Google Maps Mania reports that for a short period earlier this month, Google began featuring in-map advertising, in the form of smaller, sponsored markers. This has since been removed, but it is yet another sign of the coming shift toward mapping as a major area of browsing. As Google continues to develop Google Local and Google Earth, the services will increasingly become a form of browsing in their own right.

A lot of people have perceptively drawn parallels between Google Earth and Mosaic, the precursor to Netscape.

Link to Google Maps Mania

Also, a great resource for Google Mappers is, which has developer tools for Google Map hacking, as well as a huge index of examples of Google Maps hacks.

Previously on Vestal Design Blog: Star Wars Google Maps Hack, Google Earth and Environmentalists, Sad Google Maps Hack, Google Pedometer