Pin your love on the Google map

(Cross-posted from the Lat Long Blog)

This Valentine’s Day, tell your friends, family or significant other that you love them with a fun message from Google Maps.

Location can be a powerful trigger of memories—from the Italian place in San Francisco where you went on your first date to the cabin you rented at Lake Tahoe with your roommates. For that reason, we thought it would be great to create a Valentine’s Day card that’s tied to a specific location. As long as there’s a place that means something special to you and the ones you love, mapping your valentine is a great way to make Valentine’s Day a little more special.

One of my favorite memories is from a family trip we took to Eilat in Israel (check out my awesome fashion sense, I’m on the far left…), so I sent my parents this card:

I hope you’ll take a moment to remind the people you love of the places you’ve shared with them. Visit to get started.

Happy Valentine’s Day from Google!

Posted with love by Aaron Weissman, Google Maps & Earth Team


Watch Live Online As Aircraft Clear From Flight Radar24

Todays’s story is the your can watch Flights live ina Google Map.


Yeah, so that’s not the tech story. The tech story is that courtesy of FlightRadar24 you can watch as the skies across the UK clear of aircraft. FlightRadar24 receives information from several ADS-B receivers in real time. This is presented as airplanes on a Google-map.

Now Link Your Google Chat with Google Map

Another Interesting Feature in Google Chat.

When you type a link to Google Maps search results in Gmail Chat, iGoogle Chat or orkut’s chat box, Google replaces the long URL with the Google Maps query. Google Maps URLs are usually very long because they include a lot of parameters, but Google should do a better job at removing extraneous parameters.

“On the Gmail version of Google Talk, Google now shortens the links and makes them readable. For example, it changes the link:,+tx&sll=30.606817,-96.309929&sspn=0.050086,0.090895&ie=UTF8&hq=HEB&hnear=College+Station,+TX&ll=30.6128,-96.318512&spn=0.050083,0.090895&z=14 to a link where the text is HEB near College Station, TX,” noticed Korben, a reader of this blog.

{ Thanks, Korben. }