Tagzania Provides Google Maps with KML



pyramids of giza tagged map – Tagzania

Tagzania has added a feature Google should have added a LONG time ago to Google Maps. A KML button to take your current view in Google Earth (plus the Tagzania push pins) and view it in Google Earth. Luistxo at Tagzania mentioned this to me a couple of days ago to let me try it out, and he just posted a blog entry about it. The neat thing is, with Tagzania you can easily take a map you like and paste it in your own site. So, for example I’ve included a Tagzania map of the tag “Giza” (so you can see the main Giza pyramids in Egypt). You could also just use this link: http://tagzania.com/tag/pyramid+giza. Click on the KML link and you can see them in Google Earth as well. You can choose whether to show satellite photos, maps, or hybrid; or choose what controls to show; and even adjust the size and width of the map for viewing on your page. Tagzania is an amazing mapping mashup, and now has the best Google Earth integration out there!

About Frank Taylor

Frank Taylor started the Google Earth Blog in July, 2005 shortly after Google Earth was released. He worked in 3D graphics for many years and was very impressed with this exciting product. Frank left in 2009 to circumnavigate the earth by sailboat as part of the Tahina Expedition.



Comments

  1. Thanks for reviewing the feature. This example is very apt: the KML file is a network link, so, next time the pharaohs build another pyramid there, and someone tags it in Tagzania, you automatically will have it at your desktop with Google Earth. ;-)

  2. Amos Shapira says:

    Actually I’m sure I’ve seen somewere (here on this blog?) that there is an undocumented URL parameter to Google maps to do just that – provide a KML link.

  3. Yes, that’s true. It was here:
    http://www.gearthblog.com/blog/archives/2006/04/google_maps_and.html
    But, the feature is rather a pain to use, not at all as convenient, or as reliable, as Tagzania’s KML button.

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