Prior to Google Maps, either you use a paper map and stick some pins on it to mark locations or you could buy some mapping software like MapInfo, ArcView to do the job; on top of that you had to buy some map data from somebody and that could burn a big hole in your pocket. But Google Maps provide you with some decent pin mapping capabilities for free with reasonable looking maps.
- To start, open up your favorite browser and go to http://maps.google.com. You should click on the My Maps link.
You should see a page like this.
- Click Create new map.
- If you like, in the Title field type in a meaningful map title, e.g. PinMap, and a description.
Note: Toggle Unlisted on if you do not want to share the map to everybody.
- In the Google Map canvas, navigate to the location you want to place a pin.
Note: You can use the Search Maps function to locate places by street address if you wish. For example, I can type in '38 Jalan Ikan Merah, Singapore' in the search entry field and click the button as shown below.
The geocoded location is displayed.
- Click the Add a Placemark button at the top of the map canvas (the icon that looks like a reverse tear drop).
The cursor becomes to a cross hair marker and you are prompted to "click to place me on the map".
- Click a point on the map canvas.
The Info balloon pops up.
- In the Title field, type in a meaningful name, e.g. Pin1 and enter a description if necessary. Note that you can change the icon from the default if you wish here.
- Click OK.
- Repeat steps 4-8 to place more pins.
- When all pins have been placed, the page may look like this.
- That's it, you're done. You can create and display more than one layers of pins if you wish. If you made a mistake, simply click on the pin and choose Delete to remove the pin.