Google has just released a nifty new feature that allows you to send family and friends themed holiday greeting cards via email that include maps of a particular destination, a Street View picture or a Places marker (i.e. the Eiffel Tower).
First you choose from a holiday cover, add a recipient and personal message, and you can then include directions to a location (similar to the way you would input directions on Google Maps). You can also choose from adding a Street View Image or favorite Place.
While the feature seems to be geared towards holiday greetings for now, it seems that it would make sense to launch a broader implementation of the Maps-focused email cards year round. Users could send cards with images of areas where they have visited or send an invitation with a particular address.
Google provides search and advertising services, which together aim to organize and monetize the world’s information. In addition to its dominant search engine, it offers a plethora of online tools and platforms including: Gmail, Maps, YouTube, and Google+, the company’s extension into the social space. Most of its Web-based products are free, funded by Google’s highly integrated online advertising platforms AdWords and AdSense. Google promotes the idea that advertising should be highly targeted and relevant to users thus providing...