May 02, 2011

GoogleMapMaker and Osama Bin Laden

As I was preparing another posting about Google Maps MapMaker (coming in a few days) I noticed that there is a lot of user edits/activity around Abbottābad, Pakistan, the site that Osama bin Laden lived and was killed. There are two sites that have been "selected" as likely locations for the compound although it is not clear if either is the actual location. More generally the town of Abbottābad has received many tags and reviews via Google Maps in reaction. Click on some of the placemarks below to get a sense of these.

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The embedded map below shows one of the locations (see here for a review of the other location) which is actively being tagged. Some of the tags are relatively terse and factual "SEAL TM 6 OBL Take-Down Site" while other postings are celebrating the event. And since it is the Internet, there is plenty of random flaming and spamming going on as well.

The current state of the site can be accessed below (be sure to click on "What's around here") to see all the tags which will likely be cleaned over time. Also a couple of screen captures of some tags that I saw.

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Screen Capture, Google Maps, May 2, 2011 @ 3:56 pm EST
Tag labeled "Bin Laden Pot Farm"

Screen Capture, Google Map Maker, May 2, 2011 @ 3:42 pm EST
Large Arrow Polygon labeled "He is Here" and tag labeled "Future Taco Bell Location"

Screen Capture, Google Map Maker, May 2, 2011 @ 3:44 pm EST
Tag labeled "Osama International Heliport"

1 comment:

  1. Maybe Osama Bin Laden is omnipresent, eh. There are too many supposed locations on where he died.

    Thanks for sharing,
    Cathy@eye chart


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