Libraries, Tanning Salons and Janitor Service

August 24, 2007 § Leave a comment

Google has been making so many enhancements to Google Maps that it’s hard to keep up — My Maps, integrating real time traffic, editable click and drag directions, street views .  Now Google has made it a lot easier to embed maps in a website. Embedding a map in a website used to require wrangling with the Google Maps API, but now it’s basically copy and paste.

This is a great app that libraries can leverage to make it easier for people find them. Any library that uses a Google Map might also want to modify/enhance the library’s listing in Google Maps — they’ve made it easy to do at their Local Business Center (Yahoo! listings can also be modified at their Local Listings page). Add a few photos, highlight a web page, showcase a service…

Think of Google Maps as an enhanced online Yellow Pages service that displays its listings geographically using maps. Do people really use the Yellow Pages to find the local library? Well, libraries came in at #133 on the Yellow Pages Association’s “Top 300 Headings 2006,” just ahead of Tanning Salons, Loans, Gutters, Party Supplies, and Janitor Service…

While you’re modifying your library’s listing in Google Maps, why not add other local businesses in your community — become a Google Business Referral Representative and make a little cash for the library!


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