Google was a project. A project that turned the world over, created many jobs, ideas, and competition. Nowadays, there are a ton of people and companies building on Googles system to create beautiful things.
Google experiments are everywhere lately. Items from Google like Google Talk, or Google Maps, or Google Gmail are everywhere now. Google software developer experimenters outside of Google have been utilizing the Google API development kits so that can query billions of web pages directly from their own computer programs using SOAP and WSDL.
These API’s allow for developers to easily find and manipulate web information. Google Web APIs are particularly useful for developers and researchers interested in using the Google platform as a resource in their applications.
Developers use the web APIs by writing software programs that connect remotely to the Google Web APIs service. Communication is performed via the Simple Object Access Protocol (SOAP), and XML-based mechanism for exchanging typed information.
The Google Web APIs service gives access to Google’s web search, enabling developers to develop software that accesses billions of web documents that are constantly refreshed.
There are a number of great Google Applications online currently. And a lot of them are using Google Maps as a base.
http://www.foundcity.net/ - an urban bookmarking tool. Registered site users can add their bookmarks to the site, complete with related info and a photo as well.
http://www.housingmaps.com/ - This resource enables users of the popular Craigslist database to visualize and map the results of their search for available housing and rental properties.
http://supergreg.hopto.org/google-traffic.com - delivers data accessed from traffic.com as well as weather information from worldweather.org. The map delivers useful, real-time traffic information.
http://www.mywikimap.com/ Cheap gas locations. The database provides a map of service station locations, reveals the current price, and a time stamp.
http://richmondcrime.org/ - Richmond Virginia crime map. Giving details of the crims committed, including time and dates.
http://www.chicagocrime.org/ A freely browsable database of crimes reported in Chicago.
http://hotmaps.frozenbear.com/ Google Maps Hot or Not
http://911digitalarchive.org/maps/ground_zero.php Ground zero archive. Details people experience in the New York area on September 11th 2001. With photos.
http://grant.robinson.name/projects/montage-a-google/ Montage-a-google is a simple web-based app that uses Google’s image search to generate a large gridded montage of images based on keywords (search terms) entered by the user.
http://www.marumushi.com/apps/newsmap/newsmap.cfm Pulls in news from the globe in a nice artful manner.