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Google Maps Can Now Be Shared on Plus

Google just announced the first integration of Maps into Google Plus. Users of Google Maps can now easily share maps or directions as Google Plus “+snippets.” By clicking “Share…” in the now ubiquitous black Google menu bar, users can now post Google Maps into their Plus-buddies’ streams.

Last month, Google rolled out +snippets to help users and publishers share outside Web pages to Google Plus using the +1 button. But +snippets have also become the primary way other Google services are integrated into Plus. Maps now joins Google’s Books, Offers and product searches as the major Google services with +snippet integration.

If you’re planning a trip with friends, you can share maps with saved directions as a +snippet. You can also share individual places or location search results. The +snippet displays a thumbnail of the map, a title and a description, and it allows the user to add a comment and share with circles or individuals just like a normal Plus post.

Last month, Google added its internal g.co URL shortener as a feature of Google Maps, making it easier to share maps with anyone on or off Google Plus. Any Google Map can now be shared with a tiny shortlink from g.co, which always indicates a link to a Google.com property.

Have you shared stuff to Google Plus using +snippets?

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