May 16, 2005

Google Maps hacked with Craigslist

by brian_turner


HousingMaps, created by 3-D graphic artist, Paul Rademacher, is a hack which combines craigslist real estate listings with city maps from Google Maps.

Users can identify exact locations, and access photos and descriptions, of dozens of available apartments in over 20 North American cities.

HousingMaps is one of several hacks giving users new ways to use Google’s maps service. Google Maps provides detailed maps of the United States or Canada on which users can quickly zoom in or out.

Although the hacks are not authorized, they demonstrate the innovative possibilities created through online data compatibility, – a major goal of internet-standards initiatives including XML.

According to Rademacher, Google Maps is straightforward to work with because it runs inside a browser, allowing a developer to access and manipulate the JavaScript to create the hack.

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