Google’s My Maps product was launched all the way back in 2007 and still isn’t very well known, but it’s a really cool service for Apps customers and it’s receiving even more attention now with a quick-access button inside Google Drive.
What My Maps does is make it super simple to create custom maps with unique, easily updatable data layered on top of them. This data can come from CSV, spreadsheet, or KML documents imported from your computer or Google Drive and, as Google highlights in its post announcing the update, you could easily export Google Forms responses to a spreadsheet in Drive and then use My Maps to display that data on a new map.
Google provided a couple examples of how My Maps may come in handy. Here’s one with a GIF demonstrating how someone could actually do it themselves:
Jessica owns a food truck and every Thursday she decides her location based on fan votes. She creates a Google Form and posts it online, gathers votes and can lay them all out on one map to find the most popular location.
Today’s update to Drive isn’t major but should make it easier to create these maps, and may lead to new users who never even knew the My Maps product existed.