It’s not always very easy to describe things in a geographic way when someone is asking you for directions or specific points of interest. You could just send them text that explains everything, but these days, receiving vague text directions is about as exciting a being hit in the head with a cinder block. The advancement of online mapping technologies over the past couple of years has been very exciting, and they’ve evolved to the point where they’re a good first solution instead of only being a second backup choice. The idea of creating custom maps is something that hasn’t been that accessible to most people, but Show Me Where opens the functionality to everyone.

The service uses Google Maps to build the content, and adding points to your map is no big deal – all you have to do is point-and-click. The biggest flaw with Show Me Where is that it’s not very easy to navigate to specific points. Instead of searching for an address, you have to navigate there by a combination of scrolling and zooming. Once you’re where you want to be, you can place markers and draw lines in any way that you would like to, and you can label these things with plain text or even HTML. These created maps can then be sent to your friends via e-mail, or hosted on your Web site for your visitors to see.

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