There were two new interesting announcements this past week about Google Maps: short URLs and voice search.
The Google LatLong blog posted about the availability of Short URLs. Short URLS had been in test mode by Google and the function is now an official part of Google Maps. Now when users click on the link option (represented by a chain link) in the upper righthand corner, there is a check box that allows a shortened URL to be displayed.
The shortened URLs all have the g.co/maps as the first part of the address which is being exclusively used for Google Map links. Only Google Maps can create the g.co/maps shorted URL.
Also announced via Google LatLong is the ability to search Google Maps via voice. Using Google’s Chrome browser, U.S. users can click on the microphone icon in the search box to speak their English-based locational queries. This added capability is in addition to the existing voice command capabilities found at Google.com, on Android devices or on the iPhone’s Google app.