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Google Maps, 5 Awesome Tips (you probably did not know!)

Google Maps, 5 Awesome Tips (you probably did not know!)


Steve Dotto here. How the heck are you this
fine day? Today, we are going to take a look at Google Maps. How can I have been doing
this demos as long as I have without diving into one of the most useful tools Google gives
us? But it’s one of tools I think we all take for granted. We just expect Google Maps
to be there and to work for us. We go in and we use it but we just don’t really dive
in and see exactly what cool features Google has added. And trust me, Google has added
some very cool features. Prepare to see them today on DottoTech.
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by our Patreon page. If you are one of our Patreon supporters, thank you so much. Let’s
dive into Google Maps now and take a look. Now Google Maps is one of those apps where
I think most of us just use kind of the top 5%. We use it to find what we’re looking
for and make sure we can get directions to go where we’re going and we haven’t looked
at the depth that Google has added to Google Maps. Google has been working so hard on making
Google Maps a very, very rich environment and there are so many new features and so
many additional features I think we’d better take a look at them. So I’m going to look
at five of them today. Some of them are just cool and some of them are super useful.
Let’s start with the just cool side. Street View which is Google’s street level view,
they’ve been since 2007 taking photos of all of our streets, sometimes somewhat controversially,
but they’ve been taking pictures of all of the streets and now they’ve done that
cycle several times. They’ve installed a Way Back machine that allows us to go and
look at what the street looked like years before. Now we can go back about seven or
eight years now, back to 2007 is when they started in my area. So let’s take a look
at how that works. Now if you haven’t used Street View before,
all you do is grab the little guy, the little stick man from the tool bar from the tool
menu and you drag them over to whatever area you want to look at. I was thinking, what
it would show well? What would show you how the city has evolved? I live in Vancouver
and we had the Olympics in 2010. So 2007 we were still in construction. We were getting
ready for the Olympics and one of the things that we did put in place was a Sky Train,
an elevated rail and it actually goes underground to get people from the airport, which is here
in Richmond, downtown in Vancouver which is here. Right about here, there’s this Sky
Train station. You can see it right there. So I thought we’d take a look at the Street
View of that because it was under construction at that point.
This is what it looks like today. If we go down and go to that Station, there’s a bus
loop right here and this takes the train just as you enter Vancouver. But if we take a look
here in the left-hand side just in the menu, they’ve got this little clock which is basically
a calendar icon which allows you to go back to 2007. Now there have been four different
photos or different street views of this location and the first one indeed look, they were under
construction at that time. This is fantastic. Look, just the pillars were in place and they’ve
just begun getting ready to put in the station. Fast-forward two years later to April 2009,
just before the Olympics themselves started a couple months before, and they’re in their
final stages of construction. The next one 2011, they’ve better be finish by now. Yes,
indeed they are. It’s open for business. People are happy. They’ve even got little
bits of artwork happening there. Then this is how it looks today as we’ve started with.
Isn’t that fun? So you can go in and you can take a look at
different locations within your city where changes have happened over the years. This
is great now with 8 years of data. Imagine what it is going to be like in 20 or 30 years,
to be able to go back in different locations and see all of the different construction
and the different changes to your environment. This is awesome. I don’t know all the practical
purposes for it yet and I’m sure some will be legal, unfortunately. But just to be cool,
I love this feature. Let’s take a look at some of the more practical
features now of Google Maps. One of the most practical is of course finding resources.
So let’s just stay in the same area here. We’ll stay in the same map. A lot of people
don’t know you can just go to the search field and search for things. You don’t even
have to search for an address or anything but let’s say I’ve just blown my muffler.
All of a sudden you get that terrible sound in your car, the muffler. This is a great
way to find local muffler shops. I just type in ‘muffler’ and then do a quick search
and it does a search within the map and up will come little indicators. There it is,
Budget Brake and Mufflers right there. There’s another place here. There’s Big O tires
here. All of these different hotspots represent different places that relate to the term muffler.
If I refine the term to ‘muffler shop’ does it change? It doesn’t change too much.
But you can see how you can type in and you can find local services just by typing in
a general category. Now this local search works really well and if you zoom in more—this
is one of the things that I love—it’s just doing what’s in your area and what’s
around. Let’s say you’re bored or you’ve just moved in to a new city or you’re visiting
a city and you’re staying at a hotel and you don’t know what’s around, you don’t
want to go and just walk in the streets, if you just type in an asterisk in the search
field and hit Enter, it will have a little dot with every single business. Every single
point of interest where you are is going to be identified by a little red dot. You can
zoom in on them and if you click on anyone, you can of course get information about what
it is. That is a great way to just kind of see what’s happening in your area. Here
we go. Right over here. As we get more granular, as we get more detail, we get to see all of
the things that are happening. So this is a way to see exactly what’s happening.
Of course, the way that we use Google Maps the most is to get directions to go from one
place to another but again, we seldom dive in to see exactly how rich those directions
are. Let me give you an example. Let’s say that we’re spending the day at the Pacific
National Exhibition, our fair here in Vancouver, but we’re going to spend the evening at
the theatre. We’re going to a Rep theatre company here at Vancouver and see Summer Stock
Theatre. What we’re going to do is we’re going to click on getting directions. You
put on your starting and ending point. So your starting point is Pacific National Exhibition.
Our ending point will be Theatre Under the Stars.
Now one cool thing to notice here is these searches that we’re creating right now are
saved with our Google Account which is very cool because it means that when we go into
our mobile devices later, these same searches will be there in our mobile device, which
I love the idea of. It’s very cool. Anyway, here we go. What it does is it gives us our
different routing options and it tells us driving it will take about 23 minutes, 19
minutes without traffic and it basically gives us the general routing. But watch what happens
if we choose instead of driving, if we choose the transit option. I love this. Now it gives
us the buses, how long it should take us, where we have to talk, which bus numbers we
have to take and what their schedule is. So it provides s all the public transit information
to follow our route. If we need to walk, it gives us the best walking
directions, including the kind of a short cut that you wouldn’t normally take while
you were driving. It also has biking directions. Now this is where we start the different layers
of information that Google gives us in the maps. Vancouver has biking routes, safe lanes
for bikes to transit the city. Look, it gives us the directions there. It’s taken a very
different route, a little bit longer route than biking but way safer in the appropriate
route for bikes to take, far more comfortable and as I say safe for bikers. It’s going
to take you 38 minutes to ride your bike from one to the next and it’s 10 and a half kilometers.
Isn’t that amazing? These extra silos and these extra layers of information is what
makes Google Maps so exciting. Every time they add another layer of information on top
of a map, it becomes something that we can gain access to, we can use, we can search
and we can take advantage of. So I encourage you to dive a little deeper
into Google Maps the next time that you use it. And with that, we have reached the end
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75 thoughts on “Google Maps, 5 Awesome Tips (you probably did not know!)”

  1. 5 mins in (50% time)and your getting to practical features… these are straight up google searches,,,  nothing crazy cool

  2. I'm glad you read these I will subscribe to learn new things. Keep us informed and if I have any questions I guest I will email you here. Have a great day

  3. What screencast do u use that lets you pip with your image on top like a green screen? Or are U using green screen?

  4. The captions were worthless… The color scheme was impossible to see. Dark gray lettering on black background? Come on! I was half-way through the video before I could tell that the speakers words were what was being typed into the text boxes….

  5. A new subscriber, here, and I really enjoy your content. Thank you for putting it out there for all of us.

    I'm a professional fundraiser with a territory of an entire state. I'd really like to be able to see where all of my donors (and prospects) are, as it would be very useful for many reasons. For example, say I'm traveling 4 hours to meet with one or two donors. It'd be nice to see a visual of other donors/prospects who are close to where I'll be, and maximize the value of my trip. Is it possible to export data (name/address/city/state/zip) from my CRM/database and then import it into Google Maps? I assume there are lots of possibilities for using Maps as a sales tool.

  6. OMG, I sat through this entire gag and didn't learn a damn thing. What a waste of time, can I bill you for my 9 lost minutes? Geez.

    I'm looking to modify what Google Maps thinks is the way I want to go from point A to point B. I don't really care about what something looked like 80 years ago or those cool things that with a little clicking here and there you can figure out for yourself.

    When I tell google maps to avoid highways it's does but it thinks that the frontage road is the way to go. I'm looking at taking back roads all the way. Not looking to have points of interest or cute places to stop, I'm looking to get from point A to point B.

    When I maneuver the maps locations from where it thinks is best to the route I want to take then send it to my phone, (yet another misconception really cool frustrating feature that doesn't work) I get the map google thought is best for me to take not the one I edited.

    PITA!

    How do you do that? Plus when I open my google maps I don't get all the things you think everyone in the world gets. For some reason for me to get to those places (all the time logged in to Google) I get nothing to save the map I created to delete places I accidentally added with a red locator dot.

    Show us how to create an edited map from point A to point B without all the gimmicky BS.

    Just the facts.

  7. But what if … they link their maps to the Attitudes, Interests and Opinions of their Google Search database? Doesn't that make if much easier to gerrymander voting district maps to favor one party over all others? Jeesh, that is scary powerful.

  8. You should’ve dove in immediately. You lost me immediately. Good bye. Thumbs down, not subscribing. So tired of lengthy intros. See what I did there? Intros.

  9. Cant count on google for trips. It makes mistakes even in the city I live in. It cuts out and just stops sometimes. When it says you are at your destination and you know the destination is in the other direction a few blocks away

  10. Give these hard working Guides a Google Guides Star (for Appreciation & Achievement)
    Mr A Wahed-Wimbledon Residents Association, London, UK

  11. And then when you go to get your directions again …. You get the same slow road or longest route possible . Google needs to be updated with real time traffic .

  12. I tried the * for any business, but doesn’t seem to work, what am I doing wrong or does this function work still?

  13. these are awful tips. anything good people already know about, Maps can't find *, and you didn't mention that you can get directions in one go by writing both locations separated by 'to'.

  14. Can you review how to change the map opacity to better view the streets on the map rather than just the street names. Lately the streets are white on light gray and impossible to read. Thanks

  15. How do I get RID OF GOOGLE MAPS when viewing real estate listings??? It takes up the whole darn screen!!!!!!!!!! I don;t need or want the maps.

  16. Hey Steve…Here's something that may help someone. I made a table of contents for each tab I have. (I have about 150 tabs and 10 Notebooks.) And then I made another tab and called it 'Tables of Content," inside of which I have all the other tagged tables. This way I can simply go to that easy to find table note and there is the tables of content for ALL OF MY IMPORTANT TABS. What a time saver this is! I titled the main table as '1 Tables of Content' so that it will stay on top of the list, and I also dated each note on the day it was made so that in the future I will have an idea of whether or not to update it. I hope this helps someone, as I find it fast and easy to work with. Oh..and I also put this note on my shortcut list so I can find it quickly and easily and therefore have all of my notes right there in front of me! I tabled all my important tabs, but for those who use Notebooks you could do this same thing.

  17. When I download an offline area satellite map of the mountains and then use it when I am away from wifi and wireless, it is very low resolution. WHY ??
    It is also smaller than the area that Google maps showed me before the download.
    Any advice ? Thanks

  18. the only things that make that bla bla bla noise in my car is the wife, but i agree i should find a 'muffler' for her hahaha
    great content and superb tutorials, loving it and sharing with my friends, thank you.

  19. Hi, while I'm driving on some rough roads or on my motorcycle, I keep getting a window that says something about vibration sensed, is it possible to stop the window from appearing? It really sucks when I'm getting close to a destination. Thanks in advance, Mike Murphy

  20. Worst navigation system ever… will take you down a million turns, into burnt out slums… sides streets galore… Instead of just getting you on a highway and the fastest way there.

  21. Please!! Kindly assist me via the payment into these account in NAIRA in Nigeria Currency mean while i have pay via my paypal account and some country is not allow to use paypal kindly collect the account number and let me know how i can get to receive the funds quickly please i wrote these on a TITLE PAGE which was an erro on my wordpress site jlovewordpreeonline please do it so that the funds could be see as the Balance on my ATM CARD for GUARANTY TRUST BANK PLC Lagos in Nigeria please the GTBank :a/c numbers are 0008325160 Savings or 0114451869 current Domicilliary:0115076588 USD 0115076818 EUR Taofik Musa. PhD

  22. it took you to 2.15 to get to get started, and you repeatedly repeated your self………. if u wanna tell ppl COOL stuff just get on with it…..

  23. How to make it stop taking you to alleys versus front of the home would be my biggest rant! Anyway to fix this be appreciated

  24. Is there any way to find out all lat and long coodinates of the place,If there is any kindly help me,google provide any tool for this

  25. There is a 1,000 year old Patriarch Tree hidden in the middle of the Grand Teton wilderness that is great to photograph but for most people is almost is impossible to find and if you are not careful you will get lost and never be found again. Thanks to a special photography group using Google maps and GPS it can be found.

  26. Question: If I download a map (say Prague) and then use the offline feature, can ask Google Maps to give me my current location? Also, can I use the offline feature to track my location in real time?

  27. can google map use on off screen ,because waze can not use off screen -when traffic jam for 5 mins ,waze will shut down it self, Does google map the same when use on off screen?

  28. Google does the street maps but in our city, it's not very often. is there a way to take some photos ourselves and upload to google? who does the photos for them?

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