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Sharing Maps just got a lot more powerful

Now, when you share a link to any live map tool on randymajors.com, the recipient will be taken to exactly the same view you were seeing when you shared it.  The link you share will remember:


So, how do you share the link to the live map?

Easy.  You can either:
  • Use the "Share Map" button on the left side of the map, then right click the link that appears and choose "Copy link address".  (Then paste it in an email, website, etc.) It looks like this: 
Share Map button on randymajors.com map tools (click to be taken to the live map)


  • OR, simply copy/paste the URL shown in your browser window's address bar.  It looks like this: 


Now, using the above example, when the recipient of your shared link clicks the link, they'll be taken to the County Lines on Google Maps tool, zoomed in on south-central Florida, see city limits, and have a blue marker visible just above Sanibel.

This helps ensure the recipient of your shared link sees the same map you were viewing.  But not just that -- rather than being a static image, it will be a live map that they can further explore.

(Note, ad blockers may interfere with this functionality, so if you have any issues with sharing, you might try disabling ad blockers and refresh the page.)

Happy sharing!


NEW: Share your map with one click

Now available on most map tools on randymajors.com, use the "Share Map..." button to create a shareable link that remembers all of the following:
  • which map tool you are using (e.g. City Limits on Google Maps, Elevation on Google Maps)
  • what point you had clicked on the map (or had searched for using the "Search places" box above the map)
  • how far zoomed in or out you want the map to display
  • optionally, a title for your map
Here's an example, sharing a map from the City Limits on Google Maps tool, centered on Ocala, Florida:

Share Map button on City Limits on Google Maps tool


In this example, I have added a map title where it says "title=" at the end of the text box.  This produces the following link (click to see the finished result):


Or, to make it more pretty, you can title the link and embed the link address, like this (again, click to see the finished result):


And here's another example, showing an elevation contours map centered on the Gangtey Monestery in Bhutan:

Share Map button on Elevation on Google Maps tool


Links for this map:





To use the Share Map button:
  1. open the map tool of your choice in the randymajors.com Map Tools menu in the upper left
  2. center the map where you want it either by clicking the map or using the "Search places" box above the map
  3. zoom in or out on the map using the + and - buttons on the map
  4. click the "Share Map..." button on the left side of the map
  5. right-click the link that appears and click "Copy Link Address" (or, if you want to add a custom title, edit the map title after "title=" in the textbox that appears and then copy the text in the textbox)
  6. paste the link whereever you want to share it (e.g. another website, an email, a blog post, a forum, facebook, twitter etc)

Power tip:  To share maps containing more than just a point, check out the map tools in the Custom Map Tools menu in the upper left corner of the website.  For example, create custom delivery area maps using the Custom Areas using ZIP Codes tool


Hope you find this new functionality useful!

Happy map sharing!