Thursday, February 25, 2010

3D Building Models Enhanced in Google Earth

I just noticed this post at the Google Lat Long Blog.

Apparently, the models we make in Google Earth now feature a new, pop-up "balloon" design, featuring photos of nearby places and links to what's nearby. Click on a link and it takes you to a second balloon that includes sponsored links (Google Ads).

Missing from the balloons: the link that modelers can include in their models (which still appears on the model's preview page on the 3D Warehouse).

Where this is cross-posted on the Google SketchUp blog, a reader named Felix seems to suggest it would be desirable to reinstate the user-created link, and furthermore allow modelers to capitalize on the balloon by linking their own AdSense accounts to it.

What do you think of the changes and Felix's suggestions?

(Click on the thumbnail image in this post to see an enlarged version of what the new balloons look like. Or, go to Google Earth and check out how it works on your own models).