Share the map (and short links)

Found a cool spot? Have some helpful directions? You can share your map with others over email, Google+, Facebook, Twitter, or any other location you want to share your map.

Because the new Google Maps URL automatically updates as you use the map, you can copy and paste the URL at any time. Or you can use the share widget:

  1. Open the new Google Maps.
  2. Open a map you want to share. Example: a map of directions
  3. In the bottom right, click the  gear.
  4. Select Share and embed the map.
  5. Check the box next to "Short URL" to create a shorter link.
  6. Double-click the link to highlight it, then copy it by pressing CTRL+C or ⌘-C (Mac).
  7. Paste the link by pressing Ctrl+V or ⌘-V (Mac) wherever you want to share the map, like an email or Google+ post.

Benefits of a short URL

By using a short URL, you can squeeze a long Google Maps link into fewer characters to leave more room to say what's on your mind. For example, the short URL http://goo.gl/l6MS is easier to share than the long URL http://googleblog.blogspot.com/2009/12/making-urls-shorter-for-google-toolbar.html.

Learn more

To learn more about the details on the Google URL Shortener, click one of the links below.

Where can I view the short URLs created by me?
If you are signed in to goo.gl using a Google Account, the short URL to long URL mappings you create are stored in your goo.gl short URL history. All goo.gl short URLs in your history can subsequently be viewed (sorted by time) on the goo.gl home page if you are signed in. The short URL history is not publicly accessible and requires appropriate authentication using a Google Account.

Learn more about the Google URL shortener.

How can goo.gl short URLs be tracked for analytics?

The Google URL Shortener provides analytics tracking for all short URLs. To access your short URL’s analytics, just add ".info" after any short URL. For example, detailed analytics for http://goo.gl/l6MS is available at http://goo.gl/l6MS.info.

The Google URL Shortener currently reports short URL click analytics across various categories. The different analytics categories currently available include the raw click counts, and their distribution across referrers, browsers, platforms, and geographical locations. Additionally, you can slice this data across different time periods.

Note: Analytics for all goo.gl short URLs are publicly visible to all users. Learn more about the Google URL shortener.

What are the privacy implications of using the Google URL Shortener?
The Google URL Shortener provides the following safeguards to address user privacy concerns:
  • The goo.gl short URLs do not publicly reveal the identity of the user who created that URL mapping.
  • The goo.gl short URL history for a user is accessible only when signed in using that Google Account.
  • The analytics for all goo.gl short URLs are displayed in aggregate.

Learn more about the Google URL shortener.

Send Google Maps to your car

When the Send to Car feature is available in the new Google Maps, you'll be able to send business listings and directions to your car. For now, you can prepare your Google Account so you can send maps to your car when the feature is available.

If you’d like to use the “send to car” experience, you can revert back to the classic Maps for now.