This incredible mapping technology was started by two Danish brothers, Lars and Jens Eiltrup Rasmussen as a C++ program at Where Technologies.
Google acquired the company in October 2004 and converted it into a web application.
Google Maps was launched in February 2005 after acquiring two other companies: a geospatial data visualization company and a real-time traffic analyzer. Third party websites, numerous countries around the world, and other organizations benefited from an API that allows maps to be embedded on third party websites, along with a locator that allows Google map maker users to collaboratively expand and update the service’s mapping worldwide; this service was discontinued in 2017.
Because the Crowd-sourced contributions to Google Maps were not discontinued, the company was able to transfer the features to the Google Local Guides program. For more information on the history and up to date information on Google Maps, go to https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Google_Maps, a very interesting history indeed. Today more than a billion people per day and more than 5 million active apps and websites per week are using Google Maps
A Canadian gentleman walked into the gallery and inquired if the gallery was on Google Maps. I told him I was sure it was because my son had informed me it was out to sea somewhere off the west coast of Anguilla, so it was corrected. He offered to put the entire Gallery on the map entrance and interior for a modest fee, then proceeded to show me an example of a job he had finished recently.
One should always be alert to Internet scams. Not knowing much about Google Maps, I went on the Internet to find him, which I did after viewing several gentlemen with the identical name. I also posted a question on the domain name server’s platform and received several warnings to be careful, it could be fishy.
He was not fishy but definitely legit. Within 3 days, the photographing was completed and his partner in Canada placed the photos of the entire gallery on Google Maps. I can even add new images to the gallery. This is the most incredible piece of technology that brings the gallery right in your face; from almost anywhere in the world with internet service. You can visit the gallery any day, any time, and inquire about anything in the gallery, whether it is on the website or not. This is the feature I love most, because many items in the gallery are not on the website, and If you are seeing the gallery for the first time, you know whether you will find what you are looking for in the gallery.
If you are planning on visiting Anguilla, come see the art here and then, use Google Maps to visit us and see our collection in person.