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Google Crisis Map For Anticipating Hurricane Isaac

Hurricane Isaac affected the northern Gulf Coast of the United States, including the western Florida Panhandle, Alabama, Mississippi and Louisiana, as a tropical depression. Just before it Google launched great service with predicted moves of the hurricane as part of its Crisis Response project.

“When disaster strikes, people turn to the Internet for information,” explains Google’s Crisis Response project, an offshoot of the of the Google.org philanthropy arm, which aims to aid in times of need.

The team collaborated with the Red Cross, the Florida Division of Emergency Management, and various government and NGO partners to present emergency storm warnings, alerts of earthquakes and more, including active shelters and the forecast path of the storm. It also allows for user-generated content, should people in the area have photos, warnings and advice, or other relevant information.

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Explore and Book Hotels directly on Google Maps

Surely, this is gonna have a huge effect in keeping Google Maps strongly competitive. Google Map is in constant competition with competitors like the OpenStreetMap. With the introduction of this awesome App on Google Map API, I strongly feel that Google Map API global usage will multiply. This is part of the Google’s new AD packages to help developers monetize Google maps.

Mapov.com was a pretty cool Google Map-based search engine for finding and booking hotels.

How it worked:

To find an hotel with Mapov.com you needed to enter the location you wished to visit. A Google Map was then displayed showing all the available hotels. The displayed hotels could be refined by date, price, number of stars, TripAdvisor rating and by amenities.

The information windows on Mapov.com were really nicely designed. If the user clicked on the rating system (at the top of each window) then another window appeared displaying TripAdvisor reviews for the selected hotels. At the bottom of each window a quick link was provided to book the hotel. If the user desired a different booking service than the one shown then they could click on the down arrow and select another site.

Click on the picture Mapov interface below and begin to use it right away 🙂

Source: Google Maps Mania

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