Does Google Earth – Social Network

Plazes Social Network in Google is a Web 2.0 social networking site which uses maps to help you track the location of friends and find new people you might want to contact. You can choose to show your location (the place you work, or the actual place where you are). You might want to show which bar you hang out at for example. The developers of this site recently got together with some folks from the Google Earth team and quickly turned around an implementation of their data for Google Earth. Simply download the KML file . Since they are using network links you are able to view the data update dynamically. They also use the photos from participants as icons for the placemarks showing their locations. A click on the placemark gives you a larger photo (if provided) and basic information such as name, a description of their location, and a link to contact them through the web site.
This is probably the best implementation for a Web 2.0 social network for Google Earth I’ve seen so far. Although, the response from the server seems a little slow this morning. Previously I had written about the TheCity Local (a dating service). A similar social mapping site has been out for several months called Platial. They also have support for Google Earth.

About Frank Taylor

Frank Taylor started the Google Earth Blog in July, 2005 shortly after Google Earth was first released. He has worked with 3D computer graphics and VR for many years and was very impressed with this exciting product. Frank completed a 5.5 year circumnavigation of the earth by sailboat in June 2015 which you can read about at Tahina Expedition, and is a licensed pilot, backpacker, diver, and photographer.


  1. Man, I love google earth. I recently looked at the neighborhood I grow up in and I seen some changes. I looked it. I can wait to show my parents the old neighborhood. I grew up in Indiana. My parents and me now live in Florida. What a great think. I even tried to place a copy of the aerial view on my website. Just to show everyone how much our old neighborhood as change. Way to go google

  2. smokeonit says:

    do you use plazes? if so it would be nice to able to add you as a plazes buddy…;-)

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