Sharing Google Maps Made Easier With Shortlinks

The Google Lat Long Team has announced that the Google g.co URL shortener has graduated from testing to become an official feature of Google Maps. The super-short URL dedicated to Google-owned Web properties launched in July, and the g.co/maps path will always lead to a Google Maps page.

The Google Maps screen now displays a link icon in the top right corner. Clicking the link opens a box containing the map’s URL, which is no longer visible from the browser’s location bar (it just says ‘maps.google.com’), as well as HTML to embed the map on a Web page. The full URL is displayed by default, and it can be rather nasty, including the user’s search terms and a very long string of numbers. Above that field, though, is a checkbox for a ‘Short URL.’ Checking the box shortens the link.



Sharing Google Maps pages was possible before, but it was cumbersome due to the complex URLs generated, especially if it was a map with directions. Now all Google Maps can be shared using this tiny shortlink.

Google Maps has announced several updates in the last week. It added over 40 new top-level country domains. It also added a weather layer that displays current conditions and forecasts overlaid on the map, which makes it easier to plan an outing or a trip.

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