It was really great to see the team behind Google Maps/Earth and to meet up with so many other people sharing the same geo-interests. Of course conferences intend to bring people together, to enable networking, but it was a very friendly atmosphere at Googleplex. Thank you Google team!
If Where 2.0 goes on like this first warm-up day did, it’ll be an amazing conference.
One of the best things today was actually to talk to a few people which I only know from certain blogs or websites.
But, where would be the fun if we all would know what we look like.
It wouldn’t be possible talking to someone, after a while asking “Are you related to Brian Timoney?” and getting the answer “Hey, I am Brian Timoney.” (the badge was turned around all the time so I couldn’t read the name on it…).
Apart from the social aspects at Googleplex, Google announced a few more things today:
- Google Earth version 4 as Universal Binary for Mac OS X, for some Linux distributions and they are still supporting Windows.
- a huge imagery update around the globe
- the release of KML 2.1
- KML integration within Google Maps
- Google Geocoder as part of the Google Maps API
Btw, all the presentations of today were done in Google Earth. A very nice way if you want to avoid usual presentation methods.
Looking forward to a great Where 2.0 conference tomorrow!
In the meanime the video of the initial presentations and talks is available on Google Video: