If you paste a link to travel wiki or other SE questions into the chat, a preview image is automatically created. I would really like the same for Google map links.

A lot of time we're discussing something in the chat and it would be really cool if a mini map is displayed if you copy a link to a Google map.

What do you think about this?

EDIT (16/4/2012)

Unfortunately there is no news yet. Do you know where I can place an official feature request? On Meta SO?

EDIT (30/04/2014)

Any news on this?

EDIT (22/04/2015) This would still be very interesting. Did I tag it correctly?

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I think it'd be fantastic. Even if it's just a simple 400x400 simple mode map, that'd be enough to see and discuss.

Of course, do we limit it to Google? What about Bing Maps or Open Street Maps? ;)

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    Bing maps? Who uses that? Commented Dec 7, 2011 at 22:21
  • Er, when I worked at Microsoft we used it, and Bing search ;)
    – Mark Mayo
    Commented Dec 7, 2011 at 22:26
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    It does have a cool 2.5D birds-eye view that Google Maps lacks.
    – Mark Mayo
    Commented Dec 7, 2011 at 22:28
  • But it also lacks most of the world. Google Maps has even finally begun to work to a degree here in Georgia, which it didn't last year. Commented Dec 8, 2011 at 10:39
  • Google Maps sucked in Central Asia. Bring on OpenStreetMaps support :)
    – Mark Mayo
    Commented Dec 8, 2011 at 10:50
  • Yes I hope it will be possible to do it. Last time it was done very fast (within hours) ;) Commented Dec 9, 2011 at 9:04
  • OpenStreetMaps is great for details and being able to contribute, but I don't find it so good for overviews of larger areas, and of course it doesn't have aerial/satellite imagery. Bing Maps lacks aerial/satellite imagery with any detail in my current area (Georgia). Google Maps is simply the best all-around tool. Commented Apr 20, 2012 at 6:32
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    Re: "2.5D birds-eye view", browse to maps.google.com, click "Earth" and then the "Tilt the view" button below the compass rose :P Commented Apr 24, 2015 at 7:56

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