Earthtwit – Combining Twitter with Google Earth Plugin

Ever felt like just tweeting a location to someone through Twitter? This isn’t something that would work on the iPhone (or any other phone for that matter – yet). But, many of us read twitter most of the time through a browser. Hussein Nasser created a little app called Earthtwit that uses the Google Earth plugin so you can view a place and then “Twit” the location (by signing in with your Twitter ID using the API). The resulting tweet includes your short message and a URL which lets the reader see the location with the GE plugin. Very cool idea!

Earthtwit - tweeting a GE location on twitter

Look for this tweet on my twitter page (complete with typo).
I’m amazed I hadn’t thought of Twitter as a vehicle for passing locations around with the GE plugin before. I’ve passed links to blog posts and even a link to a KML. It was a “duh” moment when I saw this. I have some ideas now for using things like Tagzania with Twitter to view GE locations. The same author who created Earthtwit also created a Google Maps version called Maptwit, and some other cool apps. More details at GoogleMapsMania.

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.

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