Messin’ with maps

Haven’t been here for a while. It turns out having a kid is hard. More vibrant posting to come this week. For now, though, I’m experimenting with embedding Google Maps in posts, courtesy of a fine walkthrough by my friend Grant.

Since this is hopefully something that will benefit my blogging and interactive journalism class, let’s try it with our own fair Martin Hall here at WVU.

It kind of works! The only thing is, the map that shows up seems to be zoomed out to the maximum level, yet I want it to be zoomed to the downtown campus of WVU. Hm. Let’s see what Grant says about this …

[EDIT: 523p 1/30/10 – It works! Thanks to Grant and Pat for the help. In a nutshell (you can check their words in the comments), I must have zoomed back out before copying the link code. I didn’t think I had, but then, that’s my usual defense for things I’ve forgotten around the house. Playing resumes!]

The further steps he gives allow additional customization that includes layers the reader can turn on and off, but let’s get this bit fixed first. More to come.

6 thoughts on “Messin’ with maps

  1. Hey brother!
    I think what’s goin on here is actually pretty simple. One thing about sharing MyMaps, whether you do so through a simple link or embedding, is that the code reflects the current view at the time you click the link button. It looks like you might have zoomed out right before you grabbed the embed code. Your code is:,-79.968229&spn=37.136668,65.039063&source=embed

    But if I go there, zoom in to a more detailed view, and then grab the link, it’ll reflect that zoom level properly. It’ll also show the viewer the same map type you had selected. Like such:,-79.954604&spn=0.022011,0.045447&t=p&z=15

    • That did it. Thanks a lot, Grant! If you’re interested, there will probably be a bunch of student blogs with maps popping up in the next few weeks. I’ll be sure to tweet the link.

  2. Awesome thing to play around with for journo students! Our undergrads will be working with this over the next week. I’ll send links via Twitter so our students can compare notes and share tips!

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