A Discussion Forum Within Google Earth

GEBoards forum in Google EarthMickey 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!

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. where can i download this?

  2. Frank,
    Thanks for the great post! A few notes I should add:
    – We’re giving away a SpaceNavigator to a random user in about a week. Every thread you start in GEboards is an entry. Details on the main GEboards page.
    – We just added support for Sky Mode. It’s a bit clunky, due to the fact that network links can’t determine which mode you’re in, but it’ll work for now. Details here:

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