Google Maps Mashups

So by now everyone knows about Google Maps, and it’s nice to have an alternative to Mapquest. But did you know it’s all well documented and such so that people can make their own useful stuff out of Google Maps? It’s true!

For one, we have the spectacular Housing Maps, a mashup of the Gmap and Craigslist housing ads (for rent, for sale, roomies, etc). Then there is the super fantastic Unthirsty which Betsy told us all about, and I have used on a number of occasions to resolve my thirst-related issues. Of course Personal Telco’s node map uses part Maps and part Earth to get the job done. One that I personally have used is the Record Store Map which I find infinitely useful when I am on the prowl for something.

And of course, being Portland, the next logical question becomes applying Google maps to beer searching. Well, that’s been done too! You can look for Portland area McMenamin’s Pubs with this map mashup.

I love that Google Maps can be tailored and that Google prefers it that way. It’s always fun to see what other people do with something like this. If I missed one that’s particularly awesome, please put it in the comments.

4 Comments so far

  1. Banana Lee Fishbones (unregistered) on February 1st, 2007 @ 8:38 am

    I realize I’m probably talking to myself, but I want to point out that I found this excellent blog that tracks all manner of map mashup:

    So if you happen to see this, enjoy that link. There’s some good stuff there and maybe it will inspire you to do your own mashing!

  2. Steve (unregistered) on February 1st, 2007 @ 10:01 pm

    I think you missed a very useful mapping service: Flagr. It’s great for mapping your favorite places around Portland. I also send the link to friends visiting to P town before they arrive and they can pick out their favorites before they arrive. Please check my “Portland Spots” at

  3. PDXBiodiesel (unregistered) on February 1st, 2007 @ 10:15 pm

    I built a Google Maps Mashup of biodiesel pumps in the Portland metropolitan area.

  4. martin (unregistered) on February 2nd, 2007 @ 3:35 pm

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