This new feature in Google Earth was announced today by Chikai Ohazama at the Google Maps API blog. He says the capability will also be implemented for Google Maps. Now we know why last month Google suggested people include KML files in their sitemap files describing files on their web servers. Using a sitemap you can better describe the location of KMLs so Google’s search engine can add it to their databases.
Some other search examples to try:
Search for “Anchorages” while looking at the Caribbean
Search “Lord of the Rings” while looking at New Zealand
Search “Olympic stadiums” while looking at Europe
This feature really needs to be more prominent. I can understand not wanting to put up the placemarks by default when doing the search. However, Google should add an option to allow advanced users to show Web Results by default when performing searches. Right now you have to go through an awkward process of scrolling down in the results window and turning things on to see the web results.
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.