Mickey at GearthHacks.com has come up with an interesting application of the new feature in GE 4.2 (Windows only) which allows you to use flash applications within placemark description bubbles. We’ve already seen how you can use this feature to put video, presentations, and audio in Google Earth. Now, Mickey has created a kind of placemark forum within Google Earth – which he calls GEBoards. You need to set up a profile (or sign in if you already have one with Gearthhacks) then you can click on the link to download the KML package which enables the forum.
Using the forum is simple. It will show you placemarks to existing “threads”. Each placemark has its own thread. You can read the thread by clicking a placemark and you can also respond to the thread. Or, you can move your view to somewhere you want to comment. After pausing a few seconds (you have to zoom in below 25,000 feet) you get an orange “X” which says “Create new thread here?”. Then you can create a new post. When you register your profile, you can add an avatar image which will be shown in your posts as well.
This is an innovative application of new features in GE Mickey has developed. This capability would fit in nicely with crowdsourcing mapping approaches. And, the ability to allow other people to annotate existing placemarks is an interesting avenue that I think Google should explore for the Google Earth Community. Great idea Mickey!