Google Maps Embed: Now Available To Unwashed Blogmasses

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Google Blogscoped is such a guilty pleasure for me, like eating an extra lot of a hippie version of a corporate snack food. But thanks to GB, I just found out that Google has released a cut-and-paste Google Map embed option for blog posts and web pages, much like embedding a YouTube video. Oh, right. Anyway, this kicks ass, has full functionality, and works in several countries! Here’s a snip and link to the official announcement:

Starting today, Google Maps users can add a map to their website or blog just by copying & pasting a snippet of HTML. This new functionality enables Google Maps users to share and disseminate geographic information in the same way that YouTube users share videos. Bloggers and webmasters no longer need an API key or knowledge of Java Script to put a Google Map on their website or blog.
To embed a Google Map, users simply pull up the map they want to embed – it can be a location, a business, driving directions, or a My Map they have created – and then click “Link to this page” and copy & paste the HTML into their website or blog. The embedded map is fully interactive, like the Google Maps API, but creating one does not require any programming skills. Users can drag and click or zoom in on a location, and view it in map, satellite, and hybrid modes.


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