Over on CNet they have the scoop on an upcoming cool Google Maps feature.
Google will be releasing a new feature next week that will enable people to easily embed a Google Map into their Web site or blog, just like you can do with a YouTube video. No coding or programming required; just copying and pasting a snippet of HTML, a Google spokeswoman says.
“To embed a Google Map, users will simply pull up the map they want to embed–it can be a location, a business, series of driving directions, or a My Map they have created–and then click ‘Link to this page’ and copy and paste the HTML into their Web site or blog,” the spokeswoman said.
Given how smart of a feature this is I can’t believe its taken this long for one of the major providers to release it. Yahoo, Google, Live – they’ve all had the ability to get permalinks to a map for easy inclusion in a website. They’ve also all had APIs, but now a fully featured map, even those that have Mapplet data, will be fully embeddable on a person’s website with cut-n-paste. Google Maps already dominate on third-party websites; this will increase that margin substantially.