The other day I happened to notice some nice upgrades to Google Maps and made a note to play around with how to create custom maps on Google Maps app over the weekend.
So far all the kids are still asleep so this is
my last chance an opportune time to play.
Basically you can export your contacts into a file and then import them into a Google Map of your creation.
So I exported my Google+ Circle members, cleaned up the data as a result of some import trial and error and then got them onto the map.
If you would like to see my step-by-step notes (the exact “How” of all this), I’ve captured them here in Evernote.
Here’s the output…
I was hoping to import my entire contact database, but at about 4,500 records, that was more than Maps Engine would let me do without a “Pro” account.
Clicking on a placemark gets you more detail from the import as you can see here:
This was a fun little experiment. I’ll probably use this some more in the future. I could see it being a useful networking tool. In certain cities, there are probably friends and contacts who I could introduce to others because of their proximity to each other.
So that’s how you custom maps on Google Maps app!