Remember in May when we wrote about Google’s new Mapplets? The developer preview is over and it’s now live! Mapplets are mini-webpages served inside an IFrame within Google Maps that allows users to create their own mapping mash-ups. According to Google, ever since the official Google Maps API was released in June 2005, over 50,000 Mashups have been created. And ever since May when the preview version of Mapplets was launched, over 100 developers submitted Mapplets.
You’ll notice a “My Maps” tab on the Google Maps page, and this is where you’ll be able to select the content that you would like to layer on your map. There is a lot to choose from, so the “search” feature will come in handy if there’s something in particular that you want to add to your map like local real estate. If not, just browse around by clicking “add content.”
I created a map that displayed gas prices from GasBuddy.com, Google Real Estate Search, and weather from WeatherBug. This is what my map looked like:
As mentioned in our previous article about Mapplets, this gives developers the chance to get creative with their own mapplets and receive exposure. The list of mapplets available just continues to grow (back in May it was 23) which means there there’s a greater chance you’ll find relevant mapplets to add to your own map.