The Gmail Video Collection in Google Earth

Google has done a really cool viral marketing thing which both simultaneously promotes their Gmail product, but also has the by-product of promoting many of their other products. They asked people to create video clips with innovative ways of passing the Gmail mail logo from the left to the right in a huge round-the-world “e-mail” hand-off. They got over a 1000 submissions and picked a few to create the following video:

Of course, they asked submitters to post the videos to Google’s YouTube. And, some of the people have mapped the location of where they made their clips. So, GoogleMapsMania has posted a map of the Gmail videos. And now that you can easily embed Google Maps, you can see it in this blog post (see below) – or you can view it in Google Earth (you just click on the KML button when viewing the larger map). If you are using the Windows version of GE 4.2, you can see the videos inside the placemark descriptions. There are some hilarious video clips on the map. And, this shows off Gmail, Google Maps, YouTube, and Google Earth all at the same time. Amazing marketing Google!

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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. I have been very interested in looking at google earth, for years now I have pulled it up looked for my properties, yet they are not there. Please update, my photos that come up are from July 2003. My house is under a cloud that has been there for years. Please, if you offer this, update, kinda makes you look stupid to me.

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