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10 things to track in real time with Google Maps

The most informative Google Maps mashups

Many professional and part-time map addicts have created useful Google Maps mashups that show you the latest info in real time. Check out these ten Google Maps mashups to be in the know before anybody else.

Neutral trains

Project Name: Train Map

URL: http://www.swisstrains.ch/

Embeddable: No

It may be in German, but this is one of the coolest real-time mashups yet. This map shows you where all the trains run by Swiss Federal Railways are in real time. You can even watch the trains as they move across the map into and out of stations across the country. If you're planning a trip to Switzerland any time soon, check out this map.

Image: PhotoChart user Rhyfall

Map Twitter

Project Name: Map My Followers/Following

URL: http://www.mapmyfollowers.com/ and http://www.mapmyfollowing.com/

Embeddable: Yes

These two mashups let you see the locations of the people who follow you on Twitter (Followers) or the people that you follow (Following). Each pin represents only one person, but the further you zoom in to a location on the map, the more followers/following you see. Both mashups limit you to seeing 100 people at a time and include the latest data from your Twitter follower/following count.

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