Map your world with Google Maps

Google today released a feature I’ve been wanting for a long timethe ability to make your own maps. You can add placemarkers and draw lines and shapes on the map. You can also add pictures to a map, but that process is cumbersome.

Your favorite businesses can be added to your map by searching for them and then clicking a “Save to My Maps” link.

Maps can be private or shared with the world. I created a map of my neighborhood.


My Maps is a quick-and-easy way to create personalized maps.

Some features I’d like to see:

  • Auto-flow information on to the map. I have geotagged pictures on flickr, restaurant reviews on Yelp and contacts in Plaxo. That information should flow automatically on to my maps.
  • Subscribe to layers from people or organizations. If you like my restaurant reviews or pictures, you could add my layer to your maps. (Instead of having to go to a specific URL I designate.)
  • Search across public, user-generated map data. In my neighborhood you should be able to search for “free parking” and pull up the free parking lot I marked. The Google blog post makes reference to search, but I wasn’t able to get it to work.
  • Collaboration tools. Let groups work together to build a map. This would be useful for groups that organize hikes, bike trips, etc.
  • Embedability. Give me an URL to embed my map on my Web page.
  • Road tracing. You can draw lines on the map, but there’s no way to trace roads. If you’re trying to outline a jogging trail along a river road, you should be able to click a start point and end point and have the software connect the dots, like it does when you generate driving directions.

About Rakesh Agrawal

Rakesh Agrawal is CEO of redesign | mobile. Previously, he launched local and mobile products for Microsoft and AOL. His personal blog is at and tweets at @rakeshlobster.
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7 Responses to Map your world with Google Maps

  1. Marcin Olak says:

    In this case Google is late adaptor of innovations based on … their own Google Maps service 🙂 E.g. has been operating since April 2006 but there’s plenty of these sites. Of course Google My Maps interface is brilliant. I love the way you can draw areas and routes there!

  2. If I were an investor in Platial, I’d be seriously worried about My Maps.

  3. Scott says:

    Agreed on route tracing; that would be awesome.

    My wish list also includes:
    – dashed line style
    – custom icon from image URL
    – route markers (interstate, US, state) where you can fill in the number. These would (dream feature) also be displayed based on the map scale (zoom in, show more; zoom out, possibly show none)

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  6. I Will have to come back again when my class load lets up – however I am taking your RSS feed so I can read your site offline. Thanks.

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