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Google has added features to Google Maps that let you save, annotate, and share directions using My Maps. Users can save driving directions by simply clicking the  "save to my maps" link below the directions.

Save and Share Maps with Google

From there, you can either save the directions to an existing map, or create a new one. Then, it takes you to the My Maps editor where you can edit the saved placemarks and route, and also add new places and details as you wish.

Save and Share Maps with Google

"You’ve probably been there: a friend asks you for directions to your house for a party, or to that nice picnic spot you recommended, so you try to scribble some lines on the back of a napkin or you try to explain out loud that they should take the second (or is it the third?) left," says Taj Campbell at Google’s Lat Long Blog. "It’s particularly a pain when you want to tell a bunch of people – like your entire housewarming guest list – directions."

Another new tool lets you draw lines along roads to illustrate how to get from one point to another. To use this, just go to the drop-down menu in the line tool by clicking and holding briefly on the button.

Save and Share Maps with Google

This tool calculates the best driving route and snaps the line you created to said route. You can then save this as well.

These features can certainly be useful for sharing directions with friends, and can be a fantastic element within Google’s social network, that you don’t really see with others.

New Saving and Sharing Features for Google Maps
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  • http://www.palmspringsdreamhomeraffle.com UpDog

    To world Google domination. And I’m on board.

    I’d prefer to see work done on maps mobile – when I’m driving and need a location is where I really want the smoothness. Sitting at a hard computer with a printer it is already easy.

  • http://www.caninedistemper.info Alexis

    Google map would be a great help to everybody in locating a particular place without getting lost. I’m sure many drivers and travellers out there will rely on this feature.

  • RACHNA

    Today google map save me, Me and my husband. we were finding Coleshill Road but we went wrong side. It was raning and Thank God that I have google map on my moblie. I just clicked on MY Locatin, then we found our self in the wrong direction….. then we search for our destinaton Coleshill Road,

    :) Finally we found our destination.

    Whenever we plan for weekends we always go to maps.google for hotel search or any search, google maps are best to find your destination. In google, maps you can search Pizza hut, Shopping store, Cafe, Bar….. any thing.. so its better to add your business in google map..

  • http://www.dulyon.com/ Loose Gemstones

    The bottom line is that their are cheap GPS apps that already do this, so to me, the idea is half baked. Google is chronically trying to reinvent itself to the consumer and keep up with web 2.0 trends, but is simply, for the most part in my opinion, rehashing ‘already been done’ ideas and is not staying innovative enough.

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