What Was There?

For our Frivolous Friday post, we’re visiting a fun site called “What Was There?”  It allows readers to upload their own photos of specific buildings that used to be in places that might now be built up, or changed in some way.  It’s fun, even if you don’t know any of the places.  The old photos layered over a Google map image is fascinating!

thereIf you have a few minutes this weekend, spend time either uploading your own photos, or looking through some of the ones that are already posted. It will help you see your world with new eyes! (Hint: try some of the countries other than the US.!)

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Need an envelope?

If you’re looking for a crafty way to send your next letter, why not pop it into a special envelope, complete with a Google Map of your location (or a location with special meaning). Map Envelope is a great new site which allows you to choose a location, customize the note that goes along with it and print it from your computer.

Here’s what the library one looked like:

It printed pretty small, so you may want to adjust the size before you print so that you get a full-sized envelope.  But it’s easy and lots of fun!

Google your way around the world!

In our library, we have three dedicated computers that provide internet access. Yes, they are high speed and you can download anything you wish while you are using one. (We have a special program to get rid of everything downloaded at the end of the day so that they start fresh each morning.)

Each computer has the basics….browsers, word programs and a printer. One thing we added this year was Google Earth. We found that a lot of people were asking about it and trying to download it and get it up and running in the brief time they had on the computer was too much for some. So, we installed it on each computer to allow people to do their own searches of our great earth. (Google Earth is responsible for those wonderful maps that you see on television weather reports and other newscasts).

I came across a fabulous blog by a fellow Canadian, Mike Pegg, from Waterloo, Ontario. His blog is called Google Maps Mania and it is full of amazing Google Maps that can be used in a variety of ways. You’ll want to spend a few hours here just going back and forth through the different maps, so don’t start if you don’t have time! It’s addictive!

Start here if you don’t know what to search for:

100 Things to Do with Google Maps Mashups

How about seeing the cloud cover over the world?

Cloud Cover

Or what about walking in a straight line around the world?

Straight Line

I’m going to look at this particular mapping site for my wedding in the fall:

Map Your Wedding

How are YOU using mapping sites? Let us know……

(Photo courtesy of http://googlemapsmania.blogspot.com/)