A majority of the articles that are found when searching for “Google Maps” under a scholarly search are related to the new Web 2.0 technologies. Web 2.0 consists mainly the boom of sites like Google and Wikipedia, which are focused around the recent changing times in the web-sphere, mainly related to information sharing and creativity. Google Maps falls into this category, with the development of a complex web-based mapping system. This article also discusses how Google can “mash up” its services, linking together the multiple applications that it has into one universal app that can be accessed anywhere.
The next article listed discusses how popular AJAX mapping applications have become much more dominant since 2004. These are once again a part of the Web 2.0 era, whose applications are adding newer and more user friendly improvements continually to their infrastructure. One big feature that Google has recently implemented is the street view option when both getting directions to an area, as well as mapping out a particular area. This options allows you to get an “in-person” view of exactly what the area looks like at the location you are at. In some cases, you can follow this street view from your original location all the way to your destination, making it feel as if you are driving the car there from your PC.
Both of these articles as a whole address the new developments in the Web 2.0 atmosphere, which allows users to be much more involved in their online activities, and they are more personalized to tailor to their needs. This is a theme that is continually developing and becoming better and better.