Customizing Google Maps - What's New 2014

Reblogger Lynn B. Friedman
Real Estate Broker/Owner with Atlanta Homes ODAT Realty Call/Text 404-939-2727 Buckhead - Midtown - Westside -- and more ...

Dear Readers -

Craig Daniels from Staten Island, NY is my ActiveRain teacher about all things "web". I have learned so much from him over the years.

After you master this lesson about using Google Maps - check out some others lessons Craig has provided for us on AR:

Hyperlink Shortcuts and 9 other great Blogging Ideas


Create a PDF from a Web Page                 Add Text to Screen Captures


Mistakes to Avoid with Hyperlinks          Add Social Media Icons to Signature


Early in Craig's AR Teachings, he created an entire series for all of us to explore  called How to Use and Edit Video.


Now he has developed his own  Craig's Classroom WordPress site that provides even more lessons! Stop by Craig's WordPress site and see the pages he created  from start to finish - very interesting for sure.

Have a happy day -


PS   Just in case I haven’t thanked you personally, I really appreciate every time you stop by to read and/or comment on my posts. L.


Original content by Craig Daniels

Perhaps you've seen my tutorial video on customizing Google Maps. I recorded that back in 2011. Over the past year, Google Maps received a pretty big makeover in how it looks. Just in the past week, one of the last pieces was upgraded. This is the piece where you can create "My Maps". A custom map is the ability for you to draw on a map with boundaries for instance. You can also put in "markers" on places that you want to highlight. This is an awesome feature for real estate bloggers, because you can not only create these custom maps but you can embed them into your posts.

Yesterday, I recorded a quick 7 minute video that gives a whirlwind tour of how to find the things that you were accustomed to in the "classic my maps" interface. I wanted to get this out there ASAP because the new interface may be a bit challenging... until, someone shows you where to look for your tools.


Here's an example of a custom map that I create in the new tutorial


And here is the new tutorial "what's new" video for you to watch
(viewing tip: bottom right of the window below is a full screen mode button)

If you want a little more information to read on what's new and what's possible, here are a couple of references for you:
Google Maps Blog - The New My Maps

Lifehacker - Best Ways to Use Google's New(ish) My Maps Tool

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Jerry Newman
Brown Realty, 210-789-4216, - San Antonio, TX
Texas REALTOR, San Antonio Military Relocation

Hi Lynn, Yes, Craig Daniels is a wonderful source of information for many of us, especially when it comes to technology.

Sep 27, 2014 08:47 AM #1
Craig Daniels
Tech Training for You! - Staten Island, NY
Technology Instructor/Project Consultant

Thanks Lynn! Makes me happy to hear my posts are so appreciated. I appreciate you saying so! :)

Sep 27, 2014 11:34 PM #2
Lynn B. Friedman
Atlanta Homes ODAT Realty Call/Text 404-939-2727 Buckhead - Midtown - Westside -- and more ... - Atlanta, GA
Concierge Service for Our Atlanta Sellers & Buyers

Craig Daniels Glad you know how much you are appreciated! Lynn

Sep 27, 2014 11:58 PM #3
Bob Ratliff
Robert Ratliff Realty - San Antonio, TX
"Sold with Bob"

Good morning Lynn, I love this post and appreciate you sharing Craig Daniels blog tips. I clicked on a few of the links to see what Craig had to say and book marked him. 

Hope you are having a fabulous weekend. 

Sep 28, 2014 01:33 AM #4
Larry Johnston
Broker, Friends & Neighbors Real Estate and Elkhart County Subdivisions, LLC - Elkhart, IN
Broker,Friends & Neighbors Real Estate, Elkhart,IN

Good morning Lynn. You are one of the reasons Active Rain is valuable to me.  How else would I have learned about customizing Google Maps.  Thanks!

Sep 28, 2014 02:31 AM #5
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Thanks for sharing these links. Have an outstanding week.

Sep 28, 2014 05:27 AM #6
Joe Petrowsky
Mortgage Consultant, Right Trac Financial Group, Inc. NMLS # 2709 - Manchester, CT
Your Mortgage Consultant for Life

Wow, that is a lot to take in. One thing for sure, that is always a lot of learning available on AR. Good choice for a re-blog.

Thank you for commenting on my post.

Sep 28, 2014 06:33 AM #7
Nick T Pappas
Assoc. Broker/Broker ABR, CRS, SFR, e-Pro, @Homes Realty Group, @HomesBirmingham & Providence Property Mgmnt, LLC Hun... - Huntsville, AL
Madison & Huntsville Alabama Real Estate Resource

Lisa, this is another post I need to bookmark and spend sometime with...a little at a time...thanks for re-blogging it...Craig is so very helpful.

Sep 28, 2014 09:14 AM #8
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