Awesome news from Alexandre and Evgeniy at Wikimapia: They have created a Google Earth layer that will allow you to see Wikimapia places! Wikimapia now has more than 1.5 million places marked with new ones being added all the time! This new merging will allow you to see them all! [UPDATE: Sorry if things are slow around here, I am poor so don’t have expensive servers and the Digg Effect has caused some slowdown and outages (I don’t think the problem is with bandwidth, I think it is with the amount of SQL queries). Please be patient!]
As I noted in my Wikimapia vs. Google Earth post, one of the cool things about Google Earth is its very flixible navigation. Like Google Maps, Wikimapia is limiated to N/S, E/W movement (with North always at the top) and a perpendicular orientation. Google Earth allows users to have free range of motion (not to mention easy zooming). Now, by loading Wikimapia’s Google Earth kml (Keyhole Markup Language) file you can add the Wikimapia information layer to Google Earth!
Now Wikimapia can take advantage of Google Earth’s added functionality. Aside from the flexible navigation, user added layers (often with higher resolution images or other interesting information) can be used alongside Wikimapia.
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