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February 27, 2007

Google Earth’s ‘Web Results’

Filed under: General MTBGuru stuff,Google Earth — mtbguru @ 12:45 am

As a web application, MTBGuru.com obviously lives and works in your web browser, be it FireFox, Internet Explorer, Safari or any other browser of your choice.

Meanwhile, Google Earth is increasingly evolving into a ‘geobrowser‘ of its own. While web browsers offer a window on a world of interlinked HTML files, Google Earth does a similar thing with KML files. More and more content is added in the form of KML files and can be accessed through ‘layers’. And recently, a new search capability has been added.

When you type something in the Search box of Google Earth, besides the usual ‘Local business results’ (orange placemarks) you will now also see ‘Web Results’ (green placemarks, see screenshot); based on your current view in Google Earth these ‘Web results’ are populated by placemarks in KML files found on the Internet as search results.

Also KLM files originating from public MTBGuru trips are indexed, as you can see in the example below: when you type in ‘Skeggs Point’ while looking at the San Francisco Peninsula, the picture placemarks of a Skeggs trip appear. If you zoom you’ll see the (red) track as well. In the sidebar you’lll notice the placemarks listed next to green placemark icons as Web Results, below the local business results.
So now you can effectively also search and browse for MTBGuru trips in Google Earth!

Earth web results

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