Can Google Maps Save You from Nuclear Holocaust?!?
So, I’ve been doing some work with a custom Google Maps based app. And I was blown away.
Oh don’t worry, not literally blown away. (I know, you’re still thinking about a nuke.)
Did you know you can create a custom Google Map that displays only the data you chose? You can even get down to the smallest details and change the whole look to match your website! That’s right. Color, texture, details, roads, you name it.
I had no clue you could have so much fun with a map. I mean, I don’t think of maps as “fun.”
I was wrong.
Say you wanted to create an app that shows the best fishing spots in the US. You could easily tone back or remove any unnecessary items on the map and bring the lakes and rivers to the forefront. You could even show where the fish bite better depending on the time of day. (Okay, so?) By combining your App’s datebase with Google Maps, you can build an awesome experience for your users. Something really unique that doesn’t even look like a regular ol’ Google Map anymore.
So maybe you are not into the whole angling thing—neither am I. Below is a short list of some interfaces that really caught my eye.
My favorite? The last link. It’ll blow you away…
Here are the apps that caught my eye…
Zaarly – Think of it as a visual Craigslist.
Post what you want and get it from folks nearby. zaarly.com
MapItAt – Find rentals around your area.
A slickly designed app that will show you where there are available apartments or rentals in your area. mapitat.com
TaskRabbit – Not just for Peter Rabbit or Benjamin Bunny…
Post the task you need done and the price you will pay. Or do small jobs for other people. taskrabbit.com
Shipfinder – Live ship tracking around the world.
You are going to waste at least a few minutes here… guaranteed! Check out how many Chinese ships are off the coast of California… oh wait, those are just for “cargo”. Right. shipfinder.co
OnTheWayApp – Get excited about all those hours on the road!
Nice mashup of highlights along your road trip route. onthewayapp.com
The next link is my favorite. I plug in my location, and the amazing genius of an app tells me if I will survive a possible nucleaur blast. Essentially, my family and I would live but we would have “greatly reduced lives”… haha! That sounds like it would hurt.
Would you survive a Nuke?
Combines your location with nuclear warhead locations. wouldisurviveanuke.com
So those are just a few ways that people are building their apps using the Google Maps API. Awesome right?
And they’re not the only ones turning the ol’ atlas into something new and creative. Someday we’ll tell you about the new app we’re working on, but for right now, our lips are sealed. Sorry. Mhh-mmmm.
(Buuuuut if you’re desperately curious, you can catch a glimpse below…)
Do you want to create your own custom map? Go here and with a few changes, you can create you own map styling.
Have you run across other sites that use Google Maps to create their own custom map? Tell us about it, and we promise to reply!