…one man's contribution to the Weeeeerly Wild World
If you see the Gear icon at the bottom right-hand corner of a Google Map that you want to share or embed, then all is well and good and you should have access to the following detailed Share and Embed options:
The Embed code will look something like this (notice the complex URL):
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But if like me you have some previous My Maps that you have created and stored within your Google Account, then you may be missing the Gear icon:
I have logged my case on the Google Maps Help Forums and have so far been given this prompt reply: “Unfortunately that is just the way it is right now. It needs Google to to develop this further to get the features you mention.”
I have three maps stored within My Maps. One is easily accessible and behaves correctly with the necessary Gear icon present.
For some reason, to see the other maps I have to click “See all your maps” and then there is a separate box with my maps listed in. When I choose a map from there I end up in the Map Editing section, with no gear icon. I don’t know what’s different about that particular map that is listed correctly – share settings are all the same and set to public.
Without the gear icon you may have access to other share icons but these do not have the full options:
Clicking Embed on my site produces the following (useless) embed code:
The embed code produced here is useless because it’s only a link to your map, it contains no positioning data (longitude, latitude and zoom level.)
I have managed to manually create my own embed code/URL. To do this I did the following:
A flaw that will remain is that if anyone else tries to share a map from the share icon on any of the maps now on my website where I have embedded my maps, the resulting URL is the short and useless one.
It was back in September 2014 (four months ago) that Google notified me of the new Google Maps, that it would be upgrading the content I had created, and how I wouldn’t need to do anything regarding the changes. Indeed all my existing embedded maps still work, they just look a little different. It is only now that I have come to amend my map and embed a new view of it on a new page of the website that I have run into this problem. The problem has obviously been there (and is there for others) since Google changed to the new map system/upgraded my content.
When the new maps went live I heard the usual complaints about how people didn’t like the new version (which could have simply been put down to no one liking change), but when a ‘simple’ yet commonly used feature such as this is broken/made useless in the process, it seems silly that Google have stuck to their guns and left the new flawed interface in place for all this time. I guess they had their reasons for rolling out the new version regardless – a new platform was required for improved compatibility / the implementing of new features, etc.
In the meantime, until Google improves things, I hope my workaround will be useful to others.