Okay, searching my physical address gets somebody in the neighborhood. But if I knew the hit-man were relying solely on Google Maps to stalk his target, I’d sleep pretty soundly.
Searching my name gets some text hits that associate me with KUAC (I gave money) and with the Rasmuson Library. Two “map tacks” are placed: one in a parking lot south of the G.I., the other a little east of Hess Village.
For kicks, I searched “fairbanks alaska adult video” and discovered “Linens & Lace”, which is apparently on the Airport Way frontage just off the Gottschalks parking lot. (“Linens & Lace” doesn’t sound like a smut shop. Is that really what they sell there?)
The GMaps directory… is inadequate, to put it nicely. There were hardly any map mashups there that I could find. They have plenty of good categories, but no maps. I can find parking spots in Boston, New York, and Philadelphia: woo-hoo. And CoolGoogleMaps… okay, it has more stuff, but it’s not organized so that I can find it easily.
Now, what would make a cool mashup is an overlay of Alaska’s Digital Archives items onto a map. A person could zoom in on a region or location and see all the photos relating to that place. You could probably manage to have thumbnail images radiate out of the “map tacks”.
Love it, love it, love it. Use it almost every day. All the time, I have to find out for ViLDA where something is. Google Earth certainly doesn’t have all the locations I need — hell, it doesn’t have half of them — but with that and the USGS’s GNIS database, I can find anything. It’s Top Fun!