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Wikipedia layer is not working?

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Wikipedia layer is not working? Tim O'Brien 8/20/13 2:37 PM
The Wikipedia layer is not working. I use this routinely, and the lack of a Wiki layer for new Maps is why I rejected New Maps. Now it is not working for old Maps. 
Re: Wikipedia layer is not working? Karel Jaros 8/20/13 7:05 PM
What is wrong with Google lately? The wikipedia layer was a great tool to find points of interest. Now its gone. Oh, and so are train stations in satellite mode. Thanks Google. Not.
Re: Wikipedia layer is not working? Munch Bunch 8/21/13 5:03 AM
Yeah i noticed this too. 
Map labs and the distance measurment tool are also missing from the new maps. I'm getting a little pissed off tbh.
Re: Wikipedia layer is not working? Igneus Mella 8/22/13 6:04 AM
I want this to be absolutely clear to Google:

This change is absolutely disgraceful! I used the Wikipedia layer extensively for historical and other research. Now, Google, having retired the feature, has left me blind. Was it really so hard to keep it there?? Were the vast servers of the company strained for space that the feature absolutely had to go? Just like the map-rotation and real-estate features of the past, Google dangles a nice carrot in front of its users and, seeing a few pleased, pulls it away, laughing.

So tell me, Google, why why why do you keep putting out products and recalling them?
Re: Wikipedia layer is not working? Tim O'Brien 8/22/13 9:54 AM
While I'm a little less energetic about the drop of this feature, make a note: the way Google drops useful features makes it much less likely for me to adopt any Google product. I was considering a Chromebook - not now, not after dropping Reader, Map Layers, and several other great features. I was really looking forward to Glass. Not now.
Re: Wikipedia layer is not working? Daniel Scheeres 8/22/13 7:32 PM
At least as useful as the maps themselves, the Wikipedia links to the places that we visit add so much depth, color, and meaning to Google maps.  Without these links, I might as well just go back to using Rand McNally paper maps or a GPS most of the time.  I hope this is just a temporary glitch so the Google brand is not diminished.
Re: Wikipedia layer is not working? geo.osm 8/23/13 12:18 AM
Hi all,

the Wikipedia layer was removed from Maps (classic and preview).

You still have access to the Wikipedia layer if you use the Google Earth software.

geo.osm
Re: Wikipedia layer is not working? Igneus Mella 8/23/13 1:26 AM
We get that. When I couldn't access the feature, it was obvious what Google had done. And regarding Google Earth, that's no solution at all. So I have to download, install, and run a bloated, resource-hogging program alongside Firefox to get my work done? Splendid.

The question was: WHY?!
Re: Wikipedia layer is not working? geo.osm 8/23/13 2:22 AM
Hi Igneus,

I think you will not get an answer to that question.
Please use the "Report a problem" function at Maps to send your wish directly to Google.

geo.osm
Re: Wikipedia layer is not working? Tim O'Brien 8/23/13 9:34 AM
After some exploration I found this - it's buried under "More" - but it seems much less robust. The wiki markers are fewer, and must be zoomed a lot more. I also have not yet figured out out to convert to a Google Earth straight map view (if there is a way), which I prefer for some contexts.

Google Earth does look like it may be a fairly useful or powerful tool, but the forcible shift jades me more on Google products. 
Re: Wikipedia layer is not working? Andy.mk.S 8/24/13 4:06 AM
Still can't find it in my version of the map..... it's quite annoying if they've removed it. Anyone know why they've decided to get rid of it or if indeed they have?
Re: Wikipedia layer is not working? Tim O'Brien 8/24/13 6:29 AM
In Google Earth, open the side panel, scroll down to More, and check the Wikipedia box. It will show you some locations with the W icon, but not many.

I assume they shifted it to as part of an overall desire to increase Google Earth's user base, which will probably be discontinued in a couple years. I'd better put the time and effort into learning Earth before they drop it. Or maybe I won't.

Come to think of it, I should make sure to locally save everything on Drive, before that evaporates, too.
Re: Wikipedia layer is not working? Aleksandr Gorshkov 8/24/13 2:09 PM
Google, please, back the Wikipedia layer!
Re: Wikipedia layer is not working? Charleses 8/24/13 3:11 PM
Seems to be part of a trend wherein Google assumes that map products are only used for navigation and never simply for research.  This is what ruined Garmin GPS units as well--their idiotic assumption that the only people who need a map are those in desperate need of a Thai restaurant in a city they've never been to. "I don't give a damn where I'm at--just tell me where I have to turn." Google has been sucked into this sensibility as well.
Re: Wikipedia layer is not working? Don Barry 8/27/13 1:51 PM
I find it very unfortunate that Google has made this choice -- which I hope they will reverse.  I do not use proprietary software on my own computers, and so the availability of wikipedia overlays is very convenient through the web interface of Google Maps.  That keeps the proprietary functionality where it belongs -- elsewhere, on Google's servers.

The pressures on Google to monetize everything possible have clearly gone to their heads.  Functionality is now being stripped down to that which delivers a direct monetary return: i.e., building a "map search history" for each consumer which can be sold in the same way that ad placements to targeted consumers can be.  It is no wonder that Google has taken NSA funds and, despite its various efforts at misdirection, clearly cooperated on a large scale with the U.S. security establishment.  They have a better window into the lives of most of us than almost any other internet resource. 
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Re: Wikipedia layer is not working? Barrie Ward 8/28/13 12:29 PM
One of the most practical additions to Google Maps and it is eliminated! There is less reason to utilize Google ... that should say something to Google ... though we wonder if current corporate managers are lost in a fog since the departure of Marissa Mayer last year. Seems that we the users do not count ... pity!
Re: Wikipedia layer is not working? Alfred Capanetti 8/29/13 11:00 AM
They have the numbers, they are keenly aware of it's usage so apparently we don't count,  lol I sure that bicycle layer has enough usage to make up the loss
Re: Wikipedia layer is not working? jim henderson 9/1/13 9:10 AM
Wikipedia layer is my main use of Google Maps. I bring up the layer, check for existing photos and bicycle to the W sign to snap a photo if none. Over a thousand Wikiphotos got installed that way. 
Twice I have reverted to my phone's original version after auto update. Google Earth is much poorer, being slow to start and it misses about 90% of the Wikilocations (why?). Is there perhaps any competitor that has a Wikipedia layer?
Re: Wikipedia layer is not working? google_moaner 9/3/13 5:24 AM
Quote everything. It's a shame.
Whyyyy, Google???? WHY????????
Re: Wikipedia layer is not working? google_moaner 9/3/13 5:41 AM
I've just searched on Google and I'm very surprised that so few people cared about the suppression of wikipedia layer on Maps. I've used so so so many times. Now I hope that some developer will find a way to create wikipedia-google-maps add-on for my browser...
Re: Wikipedia layer is not working? Aaron Sotala 9/3/13 10:17 AM
Yep, they basically destroyed my ability to use the maps as a research tool in conjunction with Wikipedia with the removal of the Wikipedia layer. Now I'm back to the bad old days of having to hold multiple windows open to try and guess where things are located. 
Re: Wikipedia layer is not working? Alfons van Zwol 9/5/13 12:59 AM
Shame on Google for removing the Wikipedia layer!
Re: Wikipedia layer is not working? Michiel van de Peppel 9/6/13 2:05 PM
Unbelievable! This Wikipedia layer was so useful for all kinds of research. For example handy to search for information about historical town or buildings or other interesting background information. I really don't understand why this layer had to go. I'm very disappointed and hope Google will come to  its mind.
Re: Wikipedia layer is not working? Tanel Tammet 9/7/13 1:26 AM
Re: Wikipedia layer is not working? David Kawka 9/7/13 5:20 AM
You're right. Google is moving in the wrong direction by dropping Wikipedia from Maps. People want instant knowledge about the world, and Wikipedia + Maps was the closest the world has ever come to that. It would help people understand if Google would communicate their reasons for dropping this amazing feature.
Re: Wikipedia layer is not working? KeirClarke 9/7/13 9:17 AM
It's a shame that the Wikipedia layer has disappeared. A very good alternative is http://wikimapia.org/.
Re: Wikipedia layer is not working? Sean Sutton 9/7/13 5:55 PM
What do you think they're going to do, come into your home and take the Chromebook back?
Re: Wikipedia layer is not working? Rob LoBue 9/8/13 6:58 AM
It's amazing how Google took what was possibly one of the Internet's greatest things and ruined it in the name of "improvement." There is much less local data now, even at maximum zoom and now the Wiki layer was removed. Thoroughly disappointed at the changes and just one more reason to distance myself further from Google. Thanks guy for screwing up one of the true gems online and make me use your services even less. The only way these company will learn from their bonehead decisions is to vote with your business. Take it elsewhere...
Re: Wikipedia layer is not working? William Becker 9/8/13 8:05 AM
You can also try the (fledgling!) open source retred.org that I am developing, that allows you to investigate events by the time they happened. 
Re: Wikipedia layer is not working? J172738 9/8/13 5:41 PM
Why would they take away the immensely useful wikipedia layer? Why, to promote Google+ of course, which is about as useful and attractive as the windows 8 interface-, that is to say not at all. Almost every "more info" entry on the maps links to a google+ page with nothing more than address, maybe a picture and a review- completely useless. Nobody likes google+. I found the wikipedia layer great to identify historic and other interesting sites and points of interest, some of which didn't even have any other entry on google maps. Google- please bring back the wikipedia layer. Also, please bring back the real estate layer, yeah, thanks for killing that one too. By the way, the new maps and street view features are very clumsy to navigate. I think I will check out what Bing has to offer.
Re: Wikipedia layer is not working? kejad 9/10/13 6:49 AM
It was the most useful layer for me - great way to plan trips.  I could find really interesting sites and dig into differing aspects (usually history) of areas I'd visit - things that weren't in guidebooks and weren't widely known to locals.  This means I'll be on Maps far less than before and will defect as soon as it pops up elsewhere.

That Google's been so silent on this tells me there's a sneaky reason for this.  They've been relatively open about changes in the past, so I'm guessing they have no defensible explanation for this one.  (Seriously - their data must show that this is one of the most used features on Maps, at least among frequent/experienced users.)


Re: Wikipedia layer is not working? ehg 9/10/13 7:07 AM
Google isn't silent. 
Read this: 
Re: Wikipedia layer is not working? thekohser 9/10/13 10:40 AM
In 2010, the Wikipedia article about my business, MyWikiBiz, was geographically tethered to the Google Maps layer for Wikipedia. Google Places traffic to my map listing increased about five-fold. 


As you can see, pre-layer, it was getting about 15-20 views per day.  Post-layer, nearly 80-100 per day.
Re: Wikipedia layer is not working? Mina Forêt 9/11/13 10:32 AM
I too am saddened and frustrated that Google has removed this feature, which I use almost every day. The concept of intelligent interactive mapping is one whose time has come!  Why remove it? Why not improve it? Google seems to be making poor decisions lately. Did the military call and want its technology back? RETURN the wiki feature to yer maps, Google. Please. 
Re: Wikipedia layer is not working? Hashim0 9/12/13 6:26 AM

I suggest that you Uninstall updates and then you would be able to view the layers (Has worked perfectly on my Samsung S3 & S4). This is how you could do the same.

To uninstall updates and restore Google Maps to the version that came installed on your Android phone or tablet, follow the steps below:

  1. Open Settings on your phone or tablet.
  2. Select Applications.
  3. Select Manage Applications.
  4. Scroll through the list of applications and choose Google Maps.
  5. Select Uninstall updates.
I hope the same helps.
Re: Wikipedia layer is not working? Gray Brooks 9/12/13 1:46 PM
This is such a gratuitous move on Google's part.  I keep thinking that it must be a clerical error.  
Re: Wikipedia layer is not working? Shaun Ringie 9/13/13 3:20 AM
Can we at least get an explanation?  Please?!?!
Re: Wikipedia layer is not working? Casper020 9/13/13 8:30 AM
 I also used the wikipedia layer almost daily; very, very usefull!. A great deficieny now it's gone. 

Google: please bring it back!
Re: Wikipedia layer is not working? martin_j 9/13/13 12:50 PM
I will also miss this feature dearly.  Google is really working hard to cripple all their products recently.
Re: Wikipedia layer is not working? edmund frith 9/13/13 7:51 PM
Good God, how ridiculous a move this was-- it was one of the best features of the entire internet, to put two hugely helpful entities in the same place like that--

and overnight, POOF, its gone!

ridicule!

I wonder if years and years down the road, we will be talking about that "short" time, long ago, when...
or, we will appreciate Google even more to have realized their folly, when they brought it back only a month later!



Re: Wikipedia layer is not working? Flig 9/16/13 7:24 AM

Sigh.  First they ruined their news aggregator (which sent me to using breakingnewsfeeds .com instead)....now they're going to take nice functionality out of their mapping application as well.  How sad.
Re: Wikipedia layer is not working? David BB 9/16/13 1:11 PM
It is truly a shame that Google would take away one if the best features the internet has to offer. I used the Wiki feature daily in my research and also for pleasure. It added richness and color and history- it made Google maps come alive. I really do not want to use Bing, but I will if Google keeps screwing up basic, awesome features. So please put back the Wiki feature or you lost a passionate user.
Re: Wikipedia layer is not working? Piotr B. Konieczny 9/16/13 8:27 PM
This was one of the best map features. Solution - we need a Google Maps independent fix, Google cannot be trusted to not cancel useful features. See https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia_talk:Wikipedia_Signpost/2013-09-11/In_the_media#Google_Maps_drops_Wikipedia for some ideas.
Re: Wikipedia layer is not working? Brian Hancock 9/21/13 3:47 PM
Google has damaged my trust in them. The Wikipedia layer was one of the best features of Google Maps. Google's penchant for pulling out things that were very useful from Google Maps, makes me less trusting of Google's products overall.  They have done this repeatedly, but this is by far the worse decision they have made
Re: Wikipedia layer is not working? Snoopmo 9/23/13 4:09 AM
WHY WHY WHY!? In what dimension would this have been a logical move? Come on Google, take a step back and look at what your doing!!!
Bring Wikipedia back! It worked and the world was a better place for it!!!
Re: Wikipedia layer is not working? Russ Novak 9/24/13 4:05 PM
Same here. No Wikipedia in google maps, which cuts its usefulness by a good 70% for this user. How to become Apple Maps is one easy step.
Re: Wikipedia layer is not working? Babylon Slim 9/24/13 8:44 PM
I began researching the disappearance of Wikipedia links fro Google Maps over a month ago. In a nutshell, here is what has happened: Larry Page and Patrick Pichette made The Wikipedia Foundation an offer that they felt the Foundation couldn't refuse. Google in effect tried to buy the foundation. They then tried to charge the Foundation since so many hits were being redirected by the "grace" of Google Maps. Since this goes against the charter of the foundation, Google was turned down. Google has retaliated by removing the "i" (information), and Wikipedia links from Google Maps. Google is just too big to say no to I guess. Since I got this information from insiders, I cannot in good conscience reveal their identities.
For a brief and shining moment Google Maps almost turned into THE crowd sourcing - grass roots platform on the planet. One could learn all about a location anywhere in the world then via Panorama correspond directly with folks in any country anywhere -- without relying on corporate big media and governments to strain the truth.
So it goes.
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Re: Wikipedia layer is not working? gabipetrovay 9/28/13 12:17 AM
I also gave up Google maps. Missing Wikipedia links being one reason. I am using now http://wikimapia.org/. It has more information. Also, the new version of the Google maps are also too sluggish.
Re: Wikipedia layer is not working? Ashley F. Miller 9/30/13 4:33 PM
I am so sad, this was one of the most interesting things on the internet.  Bring it back, Google!
Re: Wikipedia layer is not working? migra 10/2/13 1:45 PM
It is highly doubtful that Google will cahnge its mind.

there are alternatives such as this wikimapia.org.


instead of google search, try ixquick.com or duckduckgo.com, which respect more your privacy

Probably that is one way to show Google that its users are not its marchandise, or not entirely. And that it should listen to them, at least from time to time.


 
Re: Wikipedia layer is not working? RabidRick 10/6/13 7:09 AM
Too bad their response was utterly useless.
Re: Wikipedia layer is not working? Zsolt Ruhetag 10/15/13 4:28 AM
WOW!  Wikimapia.org is SO MUCH BETTER than Google Maps.

Thanks Migra for sharing this resource!

Good buy Google Maps!  
Re: Wikipedia layer is not working? Michiel van de Peppel 10/15/13 5:37 AM
@Zsolt Ruhetag
I'm afraid I disagree with you on Wikimapia.org as a reasonable alternative voor Google Maps with the Wikipedia layer. The idea behind it might be good, but the information presented is far from even near to complete. The little information that is presented is not up to date in a lot of cases. The map itself looks outdated, there are annoying advertising banners everywhere and it hardly works on your mobile or tablet. Sorry, but for me Wikimapia.org is not even close to an alternative for Google Maps with Wikipedia layer. 
Re: Wikipedia layer is not working? matthewfelgate 10/22/13 3:59 AM
I miss the WIkipedia layer too :-(
Re: Wikipedia layer is not working? bbbobbbo 11/7/13 12:19 PM
I too would very much like to see wikipedia layer back, it was a feature I really found (still do) as useful as google maps itself (take that, google).

As a consequence of it being gotten rid of, and despite google having brought the pegman back, I will not be using google maps ib the future (unless google does bring wikipedia back, that is).

And yes, I do agree with all those who say google earth severely lags behind google maps' former wikipedia layer.

Ok, I guess it's... bye for now, google.
Re: Wikipedia layer is not working? barryhunter 11/8/13 7:23 AM
Out of interest bbbobbbo, what are you going to use instead? Is there another service that does still provide a wikipedia layer? I havent found one. 

(there are specialist sites still to view wikipedia articles on map, but not a general mapping website that provides it) 
Re: Wikipedia layer is not working? Tim O'Brien 11/8/13 7:37 AM
Wikimapia is not bad, and getting better, but isn't up to the old layer. The wiki layer on Google Earth was very poor the last time I used it. Most mappers are pretty specialized. 

There really are no great options I know of, and the original version is gone. Generally too bad.
Re: Wikipedia layer is not working? Derek Walter 11/9/13 2:08 PM
I at times miss the Wikipedia layer as well. It was great for unintentional discoverability, though not necessarily useful for navigation or information about specific venues, which is why it may have been killed off in Maps. I also see Google pushing its own content via Google+ Local so I don't expect it to reappear. I wouldn't mind seeing some Labs make their way back, however, as a way to tinker more with some additional layers that power users may want.
Re: Wikipedia layer is not working? martin_j 11/12/13 4:12 AM
On Saturday, November 9, 2013 11:08:09 PM UTC+1, Derek Walter wrote:
I at times miss the Wikipedia layer as well. It was great for unintentional discoverability, though not necessarily useful for navigation or information about specific venues, which is why it may have been killed off in Maps.
 
Well, it was absolutely necessary for even basic use of the maps when looking at unpopulated places.  Look for example at the border of Kyrgyzstan and China.  Wikipedia layer contained a lot of points which were very helpful (even some small villages, direct links to Wikipedia description of mountains, glaciers, etc.), nowadays there are three mountains (and the most famous one is missing). I'm interested because I actually did some trekking there and wanted to have a look at where I was taking various pictures but it would be useful even for some preliminary trip planning.  Good luck with Google+ filling in that gap.
Re: Wikipedia layer is not working? Derek Walter 11/12/13 9:53 PM
I hear what you're saying. It's a bit buried, but you can still get the Wikipedia layer in Google Earth. If you open the "More" layer it is one of the subcategories.
Re: Wikipedia layer is not working? martin_j 11/13/13 1:04 AM
On Wednesday, November 13, 2013 6:53:36 AM UTC+1, Derek Walter wrote:
I hear what you're saying. It's a bit buried, but you can still get the Wikipedia layer in Google Earth. If you open the "More" layer it is one of the subcategories.

I searched for it multiple times but I do not have any "More" layer in google maps. There's "Traffic," "Transit," "Weather," "Terrain," "Labels" and there are layers that are not available anywhere I looked and those are "Bicycling" and "45 degrees" but that is pretty much it and there is no "More" anywhere.  What am I missing?

Re: Wikipedia layer is not working? barryhunter 11/13/13 3:16 AM


On Wednesday, 13 November 2013 09:04:12 UTC, martin_j wrote:
On Wednesday, November 13, 2013 6:53:36 AM UTC+1, Derek Walter wrote:
I hear what you're saying. It's a bit buried, but you can still get the Wikipedia layer in Google Earth. If you open the "More" layer it is one of the subcategories.

I searched for it multiple times but I do not have any "More" layer in google maps.

"More" layer Google Earth...


Similar but not the same as Google Maps

Re: Wikipedia layer is not working? Derek Walter 11/13/13 2:53 PM

I have attached a screen shot. You need to enable the Layers menu in the desktop version.
Re: Wikipedia layer is not working? martin_j 11/13/13 3:20 PM
Oh, so they actually still have the data and still maintain it, they just decided not to present it in the browser version any more.  I think that only makes the decision more stupid (given how essential it is in unpopulated places and useful elsewhere), though.  But it is in line with the trend of needlessly dumbing down all their services in the course of the past year or so.

Anyway, thanks for the information.  Given the alternatives, I guess I will probably install the standalone Earth some day, I guess, mybe...

Re: Wikipedia layer is not working? barryhunter 11/13/13 4:30 PM


On Wednesday, 13 November 2013 23:20:16 UTC, martin_j wrote:

Oh, so they actually still have the data and still maintain it, they just decided not to present it in the browser version any more.

Its an indication that they still have the data. 

But its not an indication that its maintained. Google Earth has quite a few outdated layers.  

In general its happy to leave things a bit more 'rough' in Google Earth, as its nowhere near as 'mainstream' as Google Maps. In Maps, they like to keep it simple and only list the higher quality stuff. 
Re: Wikipedia layer is not working? treebles 11/13/13 4:45 PM
Derek,
This is the forum for Google Maps, the users are reporting the disappearance of the wikipedia layer on Google Maps, not on Google Earth, which is what your attachment is showing.
Re: Wikipedia layer is not working? Derek Walter 11/13/13 5:15 PM
Yes, I am aware that the original question was regarding Google Maps. However the discussion evolved into alternatives, such as the fact that the Wikipedia layer lives in in Google Earth in case someone was still looking to access that functionality.
Re: Wikipedia layer is not working? Tim O'Brien 11/13/13 7:23 PM
It's possible the wiki layer on GoggleEarth has gotten better, but when last checked, it was pretty choked down, with little functionality. I also don't like GEarth - it seems slow, resource intensive, and not particularly user friendly.
Re: Wikipedia layer is not working? gg4u 11/15/13 4:42 AM
It was a Wikipedia decision, not Google's: they decided to shift entirely on openstreetmap.

Anybody knows about API allowing you to populate a map with articles, depending on map scale?

thank you!
Re: Wikipedia layer is not working? Mina Forêt 11/15/13 8:32 AM
Hi gg4u,

I just opened/joined openstreetmap but don't see any Wikipedia content, or any enabling feature that would surface a Wikipedia layer. So - sorry - what do you mean when you say that Wikipedia decided to shift to openstreetmap? I'm really hoping to find their content in a digital map platform somewhere!
 
Thanks!
Mina




Re: Wikipedia layer is not working? tim.landscheidt 11/15/13 11:22 AM
{{citation needed}}.  The Wikipedia layer was provided by Google, and nothing on Wikipedia changed, especially the prominence of Google Maps links from Wikipedia over other map sources in most language editions is still there.

What sucks most is that Google doesn't (cannot?) provide a suitable replacement; if you right-click on a major monument or other feature and choose "Was ist hier?" ("What's here?"), at most you get an (approximated) street address.
Re: Wikipedia layer is not working? Tim O'Brien 11/15/13 11:27 AM
No, I don't see any Wiki information in openstreemap, either. Too bad. Got my hopes up a minute.

Tim
Re: Wikipedia layer is not working? ehg 11/15/13 2:48 PM
@tim.landscheit and reacting on his  "was ist hier? issue:

this matter obviously is related to the classic GMaps - isn't?

Ok there is nothings "what sucks".
her we go explaining it to you:
Applying  a rightlckick and selecting "What's here?" you get on classic GMaps in fact three informations: as result of such doing:
1. you get a red and a green marker displayed on the map (the green marker  pinpointed exactly on the location where you applied the rightclick while the red marker is pinpointed to the nearst reverse geocoded location
2. you get at the left panel the name or desription of the reverse  geocoded location 
3. you get in the search field a lat long 
Now you have two options with this lat/long

3.1. searching for the displayed lat/long - getting the reverse geocoded location as in 2. or 
3.2  searching for loc: [lat],[long] you will get the location where you applied the rightclick (its the same as the green marker according my 1. point)

Ich hoffe dass diese Erläuterung dir die Sache klarer gemacht hat.

Re: Wikipedia layer is not working? barryhunter 11/15/13 4:22 PM


On Friday, 15 November 2013 12:42:06 UTC, gg4u wrote:
It was a Wikipedia decision, not Google's: they decided to shift entirely on openstreetmap.

Umm, no. 

Wikipedia decide what to put on their site, and choose what mapping to provide/allow etc. ie what map to put on the page. 

Wikipedia release their content under licence. Google can choose to avail itself of that content (if it honours the licencing!) 

its Google decision what content to plot on its website. 

Google still decides to provide it in Google Earth. 





 

Anybody knows about API allowing you to populate a map with articles, depending on map scale?

Lots of links here:

looks to be one of the best. 



 

thank you!
Re: Wikipedia layer is not working? CaptainSiberia 12/7/13 8:24 PM
Google, listen carefully. Listen very, very carefully. You need to understand something. What I want you to do is study the history of RealPlayer. Study it diligently. Absorb everything you can about it. RealPlayer was a simple little utility once that was very useful for streaming content. It was one of the basic media players to have in the '90s. Then the company got ideas. Greedy ideas. They decided their player should play every type of media on your computer. And it should have a web browser integrated into it, making it bloated and slow. And that in order to install it, you should go through a hundred screens and give it your name and email address. And that it was acceptable for it to periodically spam you with popup ads. And that the free version of the software should be impossible to find for basic users, so that people would either buy the premium version or give up and leave. (The guys at Car Talk said the free player was "harder to find than Osama Bin Laden at night.") Guess what happened? People jumped ship. It used to be that plenty of websites and institutions used RealPlayer, but they kept getting complaints about the crappy things the software put them through, so these websites and institutions abandoned it in favor of other technologies. Now Flash takes care of most streaming. RealPlayer is dead. Real Networks comes out with new products, and new crappy versions of their software (just read the reviews on the latest version!), and they do interviews about how their Cloud feature is going to be a smash, but they're lying to themselves. RealPlayer has generated too much ill will through user-hostile practices and mismanagement. Real will never be a relevant brand again. Ever. Ever. Ever.

Google is starting to head in that direction now. Already, Google has absorbed way too many platforms. Thanks to college email, GMail, and my old YouTube account, I now have three seperate accounts. Every time I want to post comments on YouTube, I have to login to my YouTube account again. It's a pain in the ass, and it's completely unnecessary. You're trying to fix it with multiple logons, I know, but it's still annoying. Not to mention the fact that you took away the versatile 5-star rating system on YouTube, which I used all the time, in favor of an idiotic Thumbs Up/Thumbs Down rating system that makes "the choice... easy!" as if anyone cared what you and your little pack of mental midgets thought. And now I see more useful options disappearing from YouTube, like the ability to hide annotations.

Now you're doing the same thing to Google Maps. First, you move everything to a slow, bloated monstrosity of a new site. My god! The old site was quick and efficient! It was beautiful! What in God's name does all that bloat gain you? What are the extra resources being used to accomplish that wasn't present on the old site? Because I seriously don't see it. I just see that your new site is slow and laggy. Seems to me your new site is wasting CPU cycles for NOTHING. And now you've removed the Wikipedia layer, one of my favorite layers. I used to browse Google maps just for fun and learn about different places. What's that island there? What about that sunken continental fragment? Or that ocean ridge? Or that desert oasis? It's like putting on exotica records and imagining a trip to far off places. Armchair exploring. And you took it away. You took away one of the most useful features you had.

The point is an important one. If you continue on this path of implementing user-hostile policies, you WILL alienate your users, you WILL be abandoned in favor of other platforms, and you WILL become obsolete. You will go the way of RealPlayer. You will become a relic. You will be talked about in years to come as a once great site that turned to garbage, and what garbage it was! I don't want to see that happen. I like Google. I hate those stupid ads for Bing that come on periodically. Bing can suck it. You guys are the real deal. Please, for the love of God, don't expend billions of dollars and man-hours to deliberately and stupidly blow it.
Re: Wikipedia layer is not working? Mats Svensson 12/20/13 2:40 PM
I just noticed it here.
It worked not long ago, so it seems to be a slow ongoing retardation.

Just more proof of Google's ongoing suicide.

You get big, you get stupid, you get dead.
Its the circle of life, for all companies.





Re: Wikipedia layer is not working? davidtaylorhq 12/23/13 6:32 AM
For people who are interested in a simple overlay with geo-tagged articles shown on google maps, you may be interested in a project I've been working on: http://wiki-map.com
Re: Wikipedia layer is not working? Mina Forêt 12/23/13 10:02 AM
Wow - what a great new option! I have bookmarked this and will use it a lot for Montreal. Do you have a webpage somewhere where you talk about your project and its scope/timeline? Please keep up the great work - this is exactly what the people responding to this thread are looking for. 
Re: Wikipedia layer is not working? davidtaylorhq 12/23/13 10:46 AM
Glad you like it - I will keep the front page of the site at http://wiki-map.com updated with any new features. The amount of time I spend developing it is going to very dependent on the amount of traffic the site receives. If you have any feature suggestions then please let me know by following the "contact me" link on the site.
Re: Wikipedia layer is not working? Andre du Plessis 12/23/13 2:52 PM
Try http://wiki-map.com/ . It's brand new: was developed today by davidtaylorhq. It does the same thing: combing google maps with wikipedia. I find it solves my problems.
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