In the latest incarnation of widgets that let users slice-and-dice content, Google Maps is now allowing users to embed maps on Web sites. Several of Google’s other properties allow users to embed content, including YouTube’s embeddable videos and Picasa’s slideshows.
Unfortunately, WordPress.com doesn’t let me embed content. But you can take a look at an example on this demo page I created at Ning. This example uses a custom map that I created using Google’s My Maps feature. Google lets publishers customize the size of the map.
The embeddable maps should be a boon to small business owners looking to incorporate maps on their Web site, complete with a picture of your business, nearby landmarks and easy access to turn-by-turn directions.