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Google Maps

A mapping and navigation application for desktop and mobile devices from Google. Maps provides turn-by-turn directions to a destination along with 2D and 3D satellite views, as well as public transit information. Maps also offers photographic views of the turns, which show the real streets and surroundings (Google "street views").

Mobile Versions
First released for Android devices in 2008, the mobile version of Google Maps was soon available for other mobile platforms, including Symbian, BlackBerrry and Palm. Apple's mapping app was also powered by Google Maps data (see Apple Maps). Google Maps uses the device's GPS capability if present as well as Google's own cellular and Wi-Fi location finding services. See portable GPS, Google Earth and Google.


Google Street Views
Google Maps provides spoken, turn-by-turn directions to a destination. Starting in the U.S. in 2007, Google adapted cars and tricycles (Google Trikes) with special cameras that have photographed millions of street corners worldwide. At each turn, users can swipe the screen to view a 360 degree panorama of the actual environment (bottom).
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In fact, early successes of mapping applications such as Chicago Crime Map (2009) and housingmaps.com (2009) contributed to a large degree to the initial popularity of mashups.
Housingmaps.com, "Housingmaps.com Home Page." Retrieved August 10, 2009 from http://www.housingmaps .com/.
Yee, who teaches at UC Berkeley, introduces several techniques for combining content from more than one web site into an integrated experience, such as the popular Housingmaps.com.
This frustrated software engineer Paul Rademacher when he was looking for a place to live in SiliconValley in 2004, so he built HousingMaps.com, a mashup of the listings from CraigsList.com and Google Maps.
For example, HousingMaps (http://www.housingmaps.com) combines information from Google Maps and Craigslist to provide a new web-site that lets you search locations for available rentals.
Paul Rademacher's housingmaps.com, which combines Google Maps with Craigslist apartment rental and home purchase data to create an interactive housing search tool, is the pre-eminent example of such a mashup.
(2) One of the more well-known examples is HousingMaps (www.housingmaps.com) which brings information about houses for rent or sale from craigslist and puts them on Google Maps.
Google Maps)will provide engines for citizen media innovation such as "public service hacks" like those found on HousingMaps.com, ChicagoCrime.org, and the Katrina Information Map.