Friday, October 09, 2009

Wikimapia + Google Earth = Love

Yesterday I told you about the very cool Wikimapia and how I used its information to navigate through Google Maps.  Well, the story gets better.  Last night I found a link to a Google Earth network file that pulls Wikimapia information and displays it in Google Earth!  The places are outlined in blue, making them very easy to see.  Hover over one and you see a yellow circle which, when clicked, tells you what you're looking at and gives a link to the Wikimapia page for it.  If you turn on Street View, Panoramio, or any other layer, you can immediately see the content instead of copying coordinates and pasting into Google Maps!  That's so much faster.  The information is fairly fast to load, too. 

If you want to download the Wikimapia KML for Google Earth, just go to this page on the Google Earth Blog and load it up.

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