New Community Maps Search Results in Google Earth

This has been a busy week in terms of releases from Google’s geo team – the team which produces Google Maps and Google Earth. The first big release was that six new cities have StreetView photos in Google Maps (Chicago, Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Portland and Tucson). Back in February they first released the ability to search for things and see at the bottom results from KML files and later also for GeoRSS files, and Google My Maps found in their searches of the web.
Now Google has substantially updated the ability to search and get meaningful results in Google Maps and Google Earth. I like the new search results much better. Depending on your search, you may first get results called “Community Maps” (before, any “user” results were at the bottom after local business results). You can do interesting searches like “Anchorages near Martinique” or “Lions near Tanzania” and immediately get user placemarks which are relevant and location-aware. Your results will include results from My Maps, KML files, GeoRSS, and reportedly even Flickr photos. The GeoWeb is really growing!
Google has just added a new YouTube layer to Google Earth to allow you to view geo-tagged YouTube videos. But, in my tests, it appears they haven’t yet linked in the geo-tagged YouTube videos into the new search 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.


  1. Lane Borden says:

    I was wondering, can you explain on this site, or direct me to somewhere that explains how the “street views” photos are captured? I have seen in the Philadelphia update, that it’s obviously some strange camera on a car, but if you could determine the kind of camera, film, how often the photos are taken etc, I would really like to know.

  2. John Sapyta says:

    One of the local TV stations here in Phoenix made a big stink about the streetview capabilites of Google Maps/GE, they were asking people if it was invasion of privacy with it showing in how close it gets to houses and such.

  3. kirsten e. holmes says:

    Does anybody have any information about when GE will support interactive flash media on macs and linux?
    Thanks Kirsten

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