Google Earth's latest tools let users create and share 'maps or stories'


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As most Google product users know, though, the company is rarely content to leave well enough alone -- for better or worse. To further demonstrate that point, the tech giant today announced a handful of new features for Google Earth, which center around "storytelling."

New in-app tools will let Earth users draw lines, shapes, placemarks, and add images or videos to various locations. It will be possible to organize all of these additions into personal stories or globe-spanning maps and then share them with the world (or specific people).

The above video by Google shows how a family, conservationist, and teacher are taking advantage of the new features. The family uses Google Earth to display their family history; showing where various members grew up and how they progressed through the world. The conservationist uses the platform to draw awareness to important environmental causes (rivers, in this case), and the teacher has chosen Earth as the canvas for a project related to the class' increasingly-polluted local lake.

It's unclear how Google plans to combat trolling or digital graffiti, but we suspect this is something Google Earth's engineers have already thought of.

If you want to try the product's latest story creation tools, you can do so by either visiting the Google Earth website through the Chrome browser, or downloading the dedicated Google Earth app on iOS or Android.

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Note sure it's a good idea. Something tell me this feature won't stay there long enough because of *****!!!


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Hmm, I wonder if they'll add it to the standalone Pro (current version is still from March 2019) as the Chrome, Android and VR are poor relatives to the Grandaddy of them all. I've got 800MB+ of saved kmls (overlays and routes) that simply don't work with these lightweight versions, and I can share specific routes/tours with pictures to friends already