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Google Maps - definition

Google maps - it is a website platform and mobile application introduced on February 2005 (mobile November 2007) offering maps, satellite imagery of the whole globe (expanded in the form of Google Earth), 360 degrees street view, real-time traffic conditions plus routes planer with driving directions for car, bike, foot, and public transportation. Google Maps is experimenting with augmented reality that allows you to explore live view. It is one of the most successful Google inventions, and in 2022 it was used by well over 1 billion people all over the world.

what is Google Maps mean
Google Maps - definition

Business listings - Google Businesses Profile

Google Business listing is another example of the great functionality of Google Maps. Google collects business listings information from multiple sources. (off-line and online) Google allows business owners to create and verify their own new location data through Google Business Profile, formerly Google My Business. Once a business location is confirmed, owners are encouraged to provide Google with factual Business information like; address, phone number, business category, photos, and posts, plus more options and additional information.

Google Maps can be manipulated. There are cases of people abusing Google Maps to overtake their competition by placing unverified listings. The people who update these listings do not use a registered business name. Keywords and location details are placed on their Google Maps business title, which can overtake credible business listings (so-called keyword stuffing).

Genuine business owners can also optimize their business listings to gain greater visibility through a type of search engine marketing called SEO and tools like Surfer Local

Google Maps API

It allows developers and programmers to retrieve data from maps and/or embed it into mobile apps and websites. Is a Google Map API free of charge? Yes - requests are available free of charge with some limit of use. At this moment, free Google API does not contain ads, but Google reserve the right to display ads in the future - so expect it soon.

My Maps

It is a feature in launched in April 2007 that enables users to create their own maps for personal use or sharing. Users can add their own data like points, notes, own routes, and images on top of Google Maps using an editor. For mobile devices, this map application was released in March 2013 under the name Google Maps Engine Lite and was available until its removal from the Play Store in October 2021

Example of app screen view with standard zoom level