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My favorite online mapping service.

  • Dec 18, 2008
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If I could give this website a 10, I would. I am simply obsessed with Google Maps. It's not unusual for me to visit the site 30 or 40 times a day. Why? I've always had an interest in geography (I was even in the geography bee in junior high!) and Google Maps just feeds my obsession with the subject matter.

Over the years, Google has added more features to its map services, like satellite view with labels (for a while called "hybrid"), terrain maps, traffic, street view, and customizable maps. All these features maps Google Maps my number one online mapping service website. It's not only easy to use, it's entertaining! If you're bored at work, you could literally sit there for hours and explore the streets of any major city using the street view function.

My favorite view on Google Maps is terrain. It shows geographic features like mountains, streams, forests, etc, and when you zoom in it even shows elevation contour lines. It's also "clean" looking, and doesn't label all the smaller streets that seem to clutter the image in other views. 

I can't wait to see what features they'll add next! So in the mean time, I'll just keep obsessing over what they already have. 

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January 29, 2009
I too love Google maps. When I was young I used to sit and 'read' maps for hours. Now the interactive, high-tech version is so addictive.
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Quick Tip by . June 19, 2010
use it almost everyday
review by . August 19, 2009
Off the bat - the most useful application for many obvious reasons. Long gone are the days of printing out direction sheets from the browser. GMaps is perfect for on the go directions, and is really helpful when you're trying to find the fastest route to your destination - as it shows traffic levels on all major freeways and streets. It even provides times for buses and trains! Definitely the most helpful tool I've used on my phone...
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Google Maps offers map services, directions, traffic information, and search features.


Google Maps is a free web-based mapping service. The website features maps, directions services, traffic information, and search features that allow users to search maps for businesses listings such as hotels and restaurants. In addition, maps are viewable as satellite images and in physical terrain format.

Google Maps has come under criticism for revealing satellite imagery of security-sensitive areas, such as Washington, DC and various high-security buildings. In response, Google has agreed to use outdated satellite imagery for many areas. In other areas with less security concerns, high resolution closeup images are often available, such as in most urban centers throughout the US and Europe. 
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