I can why see the organisers haven't included Google Maps in the Cam23 Things programme; its relevance to libraries is probably quite limited. But I'm dying for an excuse to try embedding a map into something, so here goes:
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This is the only reason I'd used any Google application before starting 23 Things: to make a note of pubs I like. Pretty sad huh? But it's so easy to put together, and useful, too, with locations and notes all in one place and all accessible from any online computer/phone/gadget. I could add links to pub websites, and tasting notes, and pictures, too, if I had the time. I must say that the clarity of Google mapping isn't what I'd always like (give me an OS or a Geographer's AtoZ any day), and I wish there was a proper pint glass icon to use without having to upload my own, but being able to draw all over a map like this is too good not to use on aesthetic grounds alone.
For those keen to make their own (and make the most of having a Google account), here's a brief how-to guide:
1) Go to the Google Maps homepage and sign in with your Google account details.
2) On the left-hand side, click 'My Maps', and then 'Create new map'.
3) Fill in some details of your map's title and description, and choose whether you want it to be public or not. You can always change the privacy setting later. Click the save button.
4) Now add things to the map! Click on the little pointer icon at the top of the map to place a pointer on the map, or search for something using the search box at the top of the page. Click on a search result pointer and then on 'save to' to add it to your map. You can drag any pointer around to move it to where you want it to go, and click on it to add information, or change the icon shape.
5) To share the link to your map, click on 'link' at the top right of the map and copy the text. To embed it in a different website, click on the 'customize and preview embedded map' under the 'link' link.
If you're really clever, maybe you'll create something as mesmerizing and useful as this (link from Phil Bradley on Twitter).