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.
Project Name: Trendsmap
Twitter keeps a running list of trending topics for various countries around the world as well as trending topics by city. With Trendsmap, you can see what people are talking about on Twitter right now anywhere in the world, or even let Trendsmap locate your computer to find trends near you. Clicking on a Twitter trend shows you the latest tweets on that subject.
Ships in the water
Project Name: Live Ships Map
This map collects recent data about many large passenger, cargo, and pleasure boats in the waters around the world. All large ships traveling in open water are required to have a transponder that relays the ship's name, position, speed, and course, as well as other statistical information about the vessel. The information on this map is part of an open-source project run by the University of the Aegean in Greece.