Confessions of a search box

Thursday, December 13, 2007 at 4:35 PM



Believe me, it's not easy being the search box on Google Maps. I sit at the top of the page answering millions of local queries every day. To tell you the truth, sometimes I get a little bored -- I mean, how many times can I search for pizza places? I'm always happy to pick up some new tricks, which is why I'd like to share with you what I've learned recently that makes my life much more interesting.

I can now search for geotagged photos from Panoramio, such as Big Ben in London and Pyramids in Egypt, as well as videos from YouTube (our own Google Geyser and Base jumping in Rio). I can even look up books from Google Book Search! (Try Christmas books in Jerusalem). Those results will appear as blue markers on the map. As always, if you don't see results on the top, you can scroll down and click on the "see community maps" link to see more content from other Maps aficionados.

So feel free to search for whatever you want. Just type it in and I'll do my best to help. Here are some of my favorites:
Stones in Stonehenge , New 7 wonders of the world.