Applications like Google Maps have enabled couch travelers to globetrot around the world without ever leaving the comfort of their couches. You can simply ‘Browse’ to famous places and landmarks across the globe without ever buying a ticket or going through the hassle of traveling. With Google Street View up and running, various websites have popped up on the web that allows you to virtually explore the globe in a fun yet useful way. Take a look at some of these interesting Google Street View mashups:
Show My Street
This is a very useful Google Maps mashup that comes very handy in finding addresses because it mainly relies on Google’s Street view. You have to type in an address and search, the results will be that location displayed on Google Maps. Luckily if the address that you have entered is also present in Google Street view’s database, it will also pop-up. You can also use Show My Street Map just like an ordinary Google Map and can share it via Facebook or Twitter.
Well this particular Google Maps and Street view mashup take users on a journey around the world. It scoops up blogs from web and then presents them in an arranged format, all of these blogs are arranged as per categories and countries. There is also a special section on Google Sightseeingwebsite that collects Street view images from around the globe.
MapCrunchwebsite let users ‘teleports’ around the globe with few chunky images of Google Street view displayed randomly. Though you can choose locations but there is an interesting game of Hit-or-miss on the website that allow users to check their general knowledge. For quickly browsing places, there is a gallery of Google Street view photo collages.
Although these apps are simple mash-ups but you can enjoy the fun part of these websites by exploring your favorite places. Do let us know in comments that whether these websites were worth browsing or not.
We all know that now a days with Smartphone, maps are very useful to get direction to your destination. One of India’s leading telecom provider, Tata docomo launched a new service for Tata docomo users, (Route Finder) which will let you get direction to any destination via SMS.
Since it’s SMS based service, it’s not limited to only 3G phones or smart phones. You can use this new Route finder service on your normal phone.
This service is charged at INR 5 per direction. More over Tata docomo is offering free complementary direction. That means when you request for one direction, the next direction request will be absolutely free.
This Route finder service seems to be very useful for 2G users, but for 3G users we have so many map application and using GPRS or 3G, you can get complete street view in any localized map application.
Here is the official PR from Tata docomo team:
Tata DOCOMO has come up with a unique & one of its kind service called ‘Route Finder’. It fulfils your requirements for accurate directions to locations & also offers a robust database with millions of points of interest, including restaurants, places of worship, shops and hotels. What makes this service one of its kind is that it isn’t partial! You don’t need a Smartphone or a 3G connection to use this service; it is open for all the 2G as well as 3G users. What makes it unique is that you get turn by turn directions right on your phone anywhere anytime via sms’s. If you do own a Smartphone you can also get assistance on a map!
If you have used Tata docomo’s route finder service, do let us know your initial review.
Normally our Facebook friends are scattered all over the world but if somebody will ask us to give their precise location on the world map then we will definitely be befuddled because some of those friends are only known to us virtually.
We have a utility called as Facebook Places that allow us to broadcast our location to the Facebook friends but utilities and maps that help us to track down the location of others are not so popular and normally we are unaware of them. So here are some of the Facebook and Maps mashups that ultimately allow us to track the location of Facebook friends on a map:
Where My Friends Be
This service is a simple network display of Facebook friends on a Google Map. This particular app grabs the users profile picture and then geo-locate that particular picture on Google map. After that it place markers on the locations where your friends are located and draw straight red lines to those markers illustrating the location relationship. The mapping thing is quite fast and within seconds users can visualize their entire Facebook friends network on a map. Users can even post their Friends map on their Facebook profile using Where My Friends Be.
The moment you will give permission to this app to pull your friends data from Facebook, it will instantly draw a heat map showing that where your friends are concentrated on a global map. The place where your friends are in greater number will be shown in bright red, whereas the lesser concentrations are shown by blue and yellow color. Users can also mouse over the heat map and the names of the friends will pop-up. You can visit their official website to have a better idea about the OpenHeatMap application.
Do you use any of the above site to see your friends location? Do you know any other sites which shows location of your Facebook friends on a map? Do let us know via comment.