Feb 22, 2008 115 reads by Navneet Kaushal

After coming up with a Social Graph API, Google now has another API for the users. This new Static Maps API would be beneficial for those who don't you like the complexity of Google Maps API or can't use JavaScript applications. But now with this API, the users can generate maps by simply loading images with a list of special parameters.

Google Releases Static Maps API

To use the API, you would still need a domain-specific key generated from Google's site and the usage limit is 1000 unique image requests per user per day. If you don't want to read the documentation, there's a wizard that generates the URL for you, but it only adds a single marker to your map.

The new API is a good solution if you want to automatically create static maps from a list of locations. But the images can only be displayed on a page from the web site used to generate the API key. Google uses a similar API to generate static maps when you search for locations or local businesses. So now with the Static Maps API you can put together maps like the best restaurants, the tallest building or simply a grocery store in your neighbourhood. You further even can send the map as an email attachment. So what are you waiting for! Get started now.

Navneet Kaushal

Navneet Kaushal

Navneet Kaushal is the founder and CEO of PageTraffic, an SEO Agency in India with offices in Chicago, Mumbai and London. A leading search strategist, Navneet helps clients maintain an edge in search engines and the online media. Navneet's expertise has established PageTraffic as one of the most awarded and successful search marketing agencies.
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