Trip to Omaha in Google’s new “My Maps”

If, like me, you read websites like Slashdot and Ars Technica, you are probably aware that Google just came out with an interface for adding your own content to Google maps, called “My Maps”. Google’s description of how to access this feature and edit your own maps is here. Evidently, these are called mashups, for some reason. Anyway, I’ve been interested in geo-referenced photography for awhile, so I thought I’d give it a try. As a first attempt, I took pictures from our recent trip to Omaha and pasted them into the appropriate locations on the map. You can see my work here. I’m still learning all the features, but I feel like I’m getting the hang of it. A couple of issues that have come up:

  1. I would like the links I provide to full-size pictures to spawn a new window using the target=”_blank” statement inside the <a> tag. However, whenever I add it manually and subsequently save the map, the target statement disappears. If someone can help me figure this out, I’d appreciate it.
  2. I created the placemarks in non-chronological order. Now, I’d like to reorder the links to those placemarks in the bar at the left side so they’re in chronological order. However, there doesn’t seem to be any way to do this. Again, if someone knows how to do this, please let me know.

Please let me know if you have any ideas for how I could improve this. Thanks.

Update: I just revised the map. The placemarks are now in chronological order down the left column.  I have also added a few more placemarks and pictures, as well as comments for each placemark.  I hope you enjoy it.

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