Google Maps has added a feature that lets you add information to a local map region. Points of interest, directions, annotations, whatever. These maps can be set to “public,” making them viewable and searchable for anybody looking in the area with Google Maps or Google Earth.
The great thing is that you can also put in arbitrary HTML in a placemark, thus allowing you to embed images, thus allowing you to use webcam image feeds.
To test it out, I recreated SpringsCam with a Google MyMap, resulting in a map of the Colorado Springs traffic cameras.
Here’s how simple it is, provided you have a Google account (For GMail, Calendar, etc.):
- Go to the map location where you want to add a webcam image.
- Click on the MyMaps tab on the upper left. Click the “Create New Map” and give it a name and description.
- Select the placemark tool () in the top left toolbar and then click on the map where you want the placemark to appear.
- An empty placemark bubble will open up with a field for title and description. Give your webcam a title.
- Press the Insert Image button () above the description box, then enter the URL of your your webcam image.
- Press OK to finish the placemark.
- Save your work!
You can add more webcams, as I did with the traffic cams, or annotate the area with shapes and drawings as needed. Your map will now be viewable and searchable for anybody looking at your area with Google Maps or Google Earth. Here is the one I created in just a matter of minutes.