Last Updated: March 07, 2021
We get this question a lot: what’s the difference between Mapme and Google My Map?
We will try to answer this question as objectively as possible.
Both mapping tools let you create interactive maps without coding, but which one is the right fit for your mapping project?
Google My Maps
Google My Maps is a free map creator offered by Google. With Google My Map, you can add locations with custom pins, layers, and directions. For each placemark, you can add images, videos, and text.
The maps can be created both on a computer as well as with an Android app.
Google My Map is tightly integrated with other Google services. For example, you can easily create a map from images in Google Photos albums.
On the other hand, Google My Map does not let you leverage services outside of the Google ecosystem.
Google My Map feature set is geared toward specific use cases like travel planning and simple data visualization. The customization features are not designed to achieve a high level of branding.
In conclusion, the free Google My Map with its online and mobile App version makes it an ideal tool for personal mapping projects.
Mapme is a platform to create advanced interactive maps with rich content.
With Mapme, you create your maps with the Mapme editor. However, there is no mobile App available to create the map on mobile phones.
Mapme is an open platform that lets you leverage the best of breed services on your map. For example, you can display on your maps, Matterport tours, Vimeo videos, and PDF files.
Mapme offers a rich set of features. You can build interactive maps for a wide range of use case scenarios from storytelling maps to guides with advanced filters. You can also highly customize your map to match your brand’s look and feel.
This power and flexibility come at a price. Mapme is not a free service. It offers a free trial followed by different premium plans. Therefore it is typically used by businesses and non-profit organizations that want a cost-effective solution.
Let’s have a more detailed view of both services and how they compare.
Adding media such as images and videos is essential to engage the map viewers, so both Google My Map and Mapme let you create media galleries.
Let’s compare the media support for each service.
Google My Maps
Not surprisingly, Google My Map is focused on support for Google media like Youtube. Images can be uploaded, added from Google Drive, or Google Photos.
Mapme offers a broader range of media support, for example with Vimeo and PDF and audio files. With the integrated media features, Mapme lets you add media from any hosted media service.
Let’s have a look at the customization options of each service.
Google My Maps
Advanced with HTML and CSS
As expected, Google My Map customization is geared toward personal users. The customization options are limited which makes it easy to create a map. As a result, maps created with Google My Map all look similar, with little room for branding.
Mapme offers extensive customization options. For example, it offers an advanced marker editor: pick from huge library icons, use free text markers, or upload your own image markers.
Mapme offers a broad range of basemap styles. In addition, you can also create your own basemap style with map style editors like Mapbox and add the style to your Mapme account.
Most of the Mapme customization features are configured through easy-to-use settings in the editor. On the other hand, some of the more advanced customizations require basic knowledge of CSS and HTML.
Both Mapme and Google My Map let you import data in your map, but with different approaches.
Google My Map lets you import KML and KMZ files as well as Google Sheet. You can then view and edit your data with a Data Set table. This makes editing a large quantity of data very efficient.
Mapme lets you import data from CSV files. You can also export the data, make bulk changes, and sync your map with your updated CSV file. In addition to the import feature, you can send data to your Map using an API. The use of the API requires programming knowledge.
Categories and Filters
Google My Map lets you add layers. You can sort and filter locations by layers. For example, you can have restaurants in one layer and hotels in a different layer. Each layer can have different markers. However, you can only have up to 10 layers per map.
Mapme provides different ways to organize the content on your map based on the type of content.
Locations are organized on your map with categories. There is no limit to the number of categories. Furthermore, you can create nested categories with parents and subcategories. Mapme provides advanced filters with multiselect and combines or intersect options.
Drawings of lines and shapes are organized using custom layers. There is no limit to the number of drawings layers. Drawing layers can be assigned to locations, category or the map home so you have full control over when your drawings appear on your map.
Embed and Share
Both Google My Map and Mapme let you embed and share your map on social media.
Google My Map offers social sharing with Facebook and Twitter.
Mapme offers social sharing with Facebook, Twitter, and WhatsApp. You can enable or disable social sharing. You can also add a social sharing image.
Google My Map allows multiple users to edit the map. However, if you are looking to collect information from a user community, Mapme provides you with the tool. With the Action Button feature, you can open on the map forms like Jotform or Google Form to collect the information. You can then add the crowdsourced data to your map with the import feature or in real-time with the API.
Google My Map is a free service and so not surprisingly, support is based on knowledgebase articles and community forums.
Mapme is a paid service and provides a knowledge base as well as live support through chat with phone escalation when needed.