Use the Google Earth Plug-in with Google Wave

A few days ago, we showed you a quick glimpse of how Google Maps could be used inside of a Google Wave. Today, less than 24 hours after the semi-public release of Google Wave, Roman Nurik has already released a slick little gadget to embed the Google Earth plug-in in a wave.

Google Earth plug-in in a Google Wave

To add it to a wave, simply click the green “Add Gadget by URL” icon and use the following URL:
This gadget will fire up the plug-in, and plot the locations of all of the users in the wave. There aren’t any other options than that, but it’s more of a proof-of-concept than anything. The idea of combining the Google Earth Plug-in with Google Wave’s real-time collaboration has some awesome potential.
If you have access to Wave, check it out and let us know what you think. If you find any other great geo-related Wave gadgets, please feel free to let me know at Below you’ll find a short video I created that shows exactly how to use this gadget:

About Mickey Mellen

Mickey has been using Google Earth since it was released in 2005, and has created a variety of geo-related sites including Google Earth Hacks. He runs a web design firm in Marietta, GA, where he lives with his wife and two kids.


  1. Thanks to Roman Nurik for getting to a rapid start. It’s also helpful to see the contents of the xml (by loading the gadget url in a browser address bar) — as a glimpse of the basic requirements to customize and roll something like.

  2. Hey I’m famous, I’m in the screen shot!!!
    Works great for me!
    Just need to get some of my friends on here.

  3. It’s a little buggy in Firefox on my Mac running Snow Leopard. It will start to load then crash. Yet, when I went to record a jingcast of it, it played just fine. Now THAT should be helpful to someone, don’t you think?
    Thanks for another great tip.

  4. I haven’t gotten this to work in either Firefox, or IE, or Chrome. I keep getting the message that there is an internal sever error.

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