Google Maps has today introduced new features that will allow users to create their own maps with personalised locations.

The features allow for landmarks and sites that can be anything from cheap local petrol stations to the nearest earthquake hot spots, according to Reuters.

Google MyMaps’ extra features went live this afternoon at 13:00 GMT and also incorporate a data overlay function that lets users build data and video on to their own personalised maps.

The video function is just one of the new ‘maplets’ applications and links to YouTube to let users watch videos alongside the location in which they were uploaded.

The maps can be saved for those who have a Gmail account and MyMaps is now integrated with Flickr so that in the same way as video, photos are given their own geographical location.

John Hanke, a product manager for Google Maps, said: "We are putting the Web into maps."

Google launched its MyMaps application in April this year and Jessica Lee, product manager said in an interview: "MyMaps makes map-making universally accessible to anyone."

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