Webware 100 winner: Google Maps

Webware 100 winner: Google Maps

Webware staff

Site: Maps.google.com
Category: Location-based services

Google Maps lets you get directions and find places online. It shows streets, traffic, and satellite images. Users can type in an address and get a pinpoint location or pull up driving directions. Users with a Google account can also partake in the My Maps service, which provides users with simple drag-and-drop tools to chart their own customized maps and share them with others.

Google Maps' biggest claim to fame is Street View, a view level of the map that lets you see a 360-degree view of a street at eye level. Users can explore a photograph of their local streets if they live in one of the cities that has been mapped by the service. This technology has since shown up on mobile handsets including Google's Android platform, and on Apple's iPhone.