Original URL: http://www.theregister.co.uk/2006/06/06/pin_in_map/
Stick your own pin in Google maps
Mark spot. Add text. Email link
We reckon this will appeal to anyone who's trying to organise a wedding reception and is dreading the obligatory "yeah, well, the map you sent was bloody awful so we ended up driving the wrong way up the M1 for three hours" - a smart new initiative which allows you to mark a spot on Google maps, stick a pin in it with added text details and then email the link.
Yup, try Pin in the map, developed by Winchester-based software outfit Eden Development. Company supremo Chris Parsons explained: "Pin in the map was designed for the simple reason that we discovered we needed it. Before this, we were forever printing out maps to write on, and or marking the exact location on a map in a paint program.
"After plenty of frustration, we thought, 'There must be a better way to do this!' And now there is."
Well, we gave it a spin and here's the result. Eden says the links are permanent, and it won't pass any info your enter in the text field to third parties. You currently can't edit your pin once it's stored, but that's a forthcoming feature, as is the "premium pin" for businesses allowing them to have a "proper" url for their pin (i.e., http://pininthemap.com/companyname), which will link to an ad-free page.
Of course, we imagine Reg readers will think up plenty of non-business-orientated ways of having fun with Pin in the map. Go to it. ®
Just to pre-empt the inevitable emails demanding to know how much we were paid for this shameless product plug, here's what it cost Eden Development:
- One hundred pints of Olde Productflogger
- Three kilos of choice Bolivian marching powder
- The services of six Colombian escorts for the evening
- A free "premium pin" for every Reg hack
- Six bags of pork scratchings
So now you know. Businesses wishing to avail themselves of our world-class product-plugging team are directed here.