Sunday, February 08, 2015
Happy 10th Birthday Google Maps
Google Maps is ten years old today. On 8th Feb 2005 Google Maps was released in the USA. Initially Google Maps only provided an interactive slippy map of the United States but other countries were soon added to the map (by 2006 Puerto Rico, Canada, the United Kingdom, Japan, and some cities in the Republic of Ireland).
In early April 2005 Paul Rademacher released the very first Google Maps hack - HousingMaps. Paul's mashup of Google Maps and apartment and housing listings from Craigslist proved that Google Maps could be much more than a useful online map but could also be a tool for amazing data visualizations.
Most of the development in Google Maps and the Maps API now seems focused on mobile devices. So where will Google Maps be in another ten years? I make no predictions, except to say that I think Google Maps will probably still be one of the market leaders but will probably not enjoy the almost monopolistic position it has held over the last ten years. I'm less confident about the Google Maps API, as it seems to be fast becoming an irrelevance in the world of map development.
Posted by Keir Clarke at 8:09 AM