Google Earth is, basically, an interactive map.  But it’s not just any map.  It’s a satellite-view of the entire globe – highways, buildings and all – which also incorporates a multitude of features that serve to make this globe completely accessible and interactive for you, the user.  Anyone can use Google Earth, for a variety of applications, and it is not uncommon to see its use at home, school or on the job.  If you haven’t been using Google Earth because you aren’t familiar with all of its features, then it’s time you learn about all that Google Earth can mean for you.  Here are five things you should know about Google Earth:

Internet integration.  Google Earth is completely plugged in to the Internet, making it a treasure trove of useful information for any and every part of the world you are interested in knowing about.  Want to know which downtown pizzeria is on the least crowded block, and how much a dinner of two will cost you there?  Just head downtown on Google Earth and walk through the streets without ever leaving your home.  Interested in knowing about the climate and topography of Brazil?  Go fly over it using Google Earth.

Yellow page capabilities.  If you’re looking for a type of venue in a type of place, but have no idea as far as specifics go, then Google Earth’s search feature is similar to that of a typical phone book, only better, allowing you to type in any number of search terms and/or parameters to get the returns you’re looking for.

User contributions.  Google Earth allows users to contribute their own stories, experiences and anecdotes related to Google Earth locations, providing for you yet another aspect of a locality’s characteristics.  Sometimes it’s not enough to see pictures or read about the environment; sometimes you want to know what other people have to say about it.

Classroom tool.  Google Earth is an ideal tool for the classroom, and its classroom use is growing as more and more teachers discover its world of educational uses.

The future of Google Earth.  Google is always in the process of upgrading and improving upon its offerings, and Earth is no exception.  Sometime in the near future, Google Earth will be optimized with even more 3D imagery, geographic notations, and outside application integration.

Google Earth is available for free download, so you really can’t afford not to take advantage of all it has to offer you.  All you need is an imagination and a destination, and Google Earth can take you there.

This is a guest post by Dona Collins.

Dona Collins loves the way technology is making life easier for the entire planet. He enjoys using online fax services to keep track of his business documents and frequently uses sites like Google Earth, Google Maps, and more to help him with research.

GeekTech thanks Dona for submitting this wonderful article.

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