Links: Talks, boat slips,, Featured

  • Talks – Last week the GeoWeb conference was held in Vancouver. I had wanted to go, but other summer trips conflicted. Looks like there were some good talks and exhibits. Michael Jones (Chief Technology Advocate at Google and one of the founders that developed Google Earth), gave another keynote this year (link to last year’s talk). Spatial Sustain has a good summary of Michael’s talk this year, and you can watch the first 10 minutes of the talk here. Also, I recommend watching Peter Batty’s talk on the future of location based social networking. He shows some excellent time-based Google Earth visualizations from his whereyougonnabe social network. You can see excerpts from other talks from GeoWeb here.

  • Boat slips – Since I’m into boating, I had to mention this one. Got an E-mail from the folks at who have recently launched an online marketplace to do location-based adverts for boat slips. You can either look for boat slips, or post your own slip. There are only a few slips so far, but he’s making good use of mapping. Not only can you search for slips with Google Maps, but there’s also a Google Earth network link to check out the slips.

  • – This site has been around for quite some time for helping folks find and share good hiking trails. They have quite an archive of available trail information and in order to fully use it, you need a subscription. has just announced they have added social networking elements to their site. And yes, they do make use of Google Earth – you just have to have a subscription (or join the 14 day trial) to see it.

  • FeaturedEarthSwoop is featured on the Google Earth API code page. And the Thematic Mapping Engine is the featured guest blogger at the Google Geo Developers Blog.

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. T Devarney says:

    I do not like the swoop feature of the new version of Google Earth Free. It is very confusing when zooming in on small cities and towns. It also seems that the new version has upped the population criteria for displaying names. of major cities and towns. I was trying to see what localities were located in Upper New York State in relation to a
    small community in Canada. It looked like there were no communities in NY nor Vermont. Can I go back to previous version?

  2. After the deal was done and Kenny from Tradewinds was going through the pre-delivery check out on the engine, I found out that it did not have a reverse gear so that will take some getting use to. We are still waiting for Petros Marine to install the Floscan NEMA 2000 gear which in turn is holding up Alcom who will connect the Floscans to the Raymarine NEMA bridge.

  3. Is it possible to pull up certain days on google earth? Like a sepcific day in the past? Could someone e-mail me and let me know I would sure appreciate it…..
    Thank you

  4. wow,google earth is very good soft.i can use it easy to find my home town.

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