Google map feature
- Of genealogical and general interest (also from the Avotanu mailing):
New Google Map Feature
Google is getting downright eerie. It is taking on more and more human-like
features. Dick Eastman, publisher of Eastman's Online Genealogy Forum
(http://www.eogn.com), noted that a new feature is Google's map abilities
at http://maps.google.com. Key in any town in the U.S. and Google will
locate it. Then key in an attribute such as "hotel," and it will locate all
hotels in the area.
When I keyed in Bergenfield, New Jersey, the town in which Avotaynu's
offices are located, I got a map of the area. It was an eerie experience
when I then gave Google the key word "Avotaynu". It not only identified
where Avotaynu was located, but it also identified Jewish institutions in
the area. Google apparently recognized that a principal attribute of
Avotaynu is that it is a company that deals in Jewish matters; therefore,
it provided the addresses of other local Jewish entities including Baron
Hirsch Cemetery, Hachai Publishing, Statue of Liberty Ellis Island
Foundation, Ergo Media (distributes Jewish videos), Pef Israel Endowment
Funds Inc, Jacs Jewish Alcoholics, Central Conference of American Rabbis
and United Jewish Appeal.
A more practical use is for locating hotels and restaurants in a given area.
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