Blipstar is an easy way to leverage the Google Maps API to offer a map of multiple locations for website visitors from a spreadsheet. It’s a pretty straight up use of the API but it’s notably inexpensive and customizable.
Developed by Worcester, UK GIS lover Paul Clarke, it’s a solid little application and a good example of, as Clarke writes on his blog, the low barrier to entry made possible by APIs.
There’s nice little touches like an option to have the display use different languages (Dutch, French, Spanish, Italian or English) and the service makes use of the newest developments in the Google API. It will be interesting to see how many of these lightweight but well developed API plays can become commercially viable small businesses.